Beautifully illuminated at night and easily spotted during the day, this
Triumphal Arch belongs to the most famous memorials in Paris. It is a tribute to
all the people who died fighting for their homeland in the French Revolution and
the Napoleonic wars. There is a tomb under it, a Memorial to the Unknown Soldier
from World War I. Names of various Generals and leaders are written on the walls
of the arch. The Memorial Flame, lit in 1923, has never been extinguished.
Construction of the Arc de Triomphe took about 30 years in total. Many
famous French architects worked on it. The building can be spotted from many
parts of the city. Its style imitates ancient Roman design, but in a
Neo-Classical way. There are four statues situated at the base of the arc; Le
Départ, Le Triomphe, La Résistance and La Paix. There are also six reliefs
It is possible to visit the interior of the arch. Inside, there is an
elevator that will take you up to a museum presenting various models of the arch
and the history of its construction. From here, it’s only 46 steps to the
top. The view of Paris is
simply amazing! Various events take place under the Arc de Triomphe, such as
parades and concerts.
The Arc de Triomphe is located on Place Charles de Gaulle at the top of the
Champs-Élysées which is a large circular area from where twelve streets
radiate. You can see all of them from the top of the arch. Traffic is quite
heavy here so using the underpasses to get to the roundabout on which the arch
stands is advised. Métro lines 1, 2 and 6 go to nearby
Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile as does the RER line A. Buses nos. 22, 30, 31, 52,
73 and 92 will also get you there.
1 April to 30 September : 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
1 October to 31 March : 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Adults: 9.50 €
Reduced: 6 €
Free admission: minors under 18, 18-26 year-old EU citizens, the
Phone: +33 1 55 37 73 77