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Fast Facts

  • Location: In the western part of the city, at the heart of the city of Paris in France.
  • Best time to Visit: September-October
  • Preferred Timing: 10.00 a.m. to 10.30 p.m.
  • How to Get:
    Air:
    The nearest airport is Charles de Gaulle International Airport (LFPG), located to the north-east of the city of Paris. The 3 terminals of this airport are interconnected by free CDGVAL shuttle train. You can also come down to Orly International Airport (LFPO), located to the south-west of the city.
    Train:
    There are six different rail stations in Paris which include Gare du Nord, Gare d'Austerlitz, Gare de l'Est, Gare de Lyon, Gare St Lazare and Gare Montparnasse. Various types of trains are available for the commuters, the most popular of which is the high-speed TGV trains. TER are regional trains which are a bit slower and stop at almost all the stations. There are also trains like Corail Intercitíé (Reservation required), Corail Luníéa (night trains), Thalys (high-speed trains), Intercity and Eurostar trains.
    Bus:
    Eurolines buses will take you to Paris which are comfortable and ch
    than the trains.
    Car:
    Several expressways and motorways connect Paris to the rest of the country. A1 and A3 go to the north, whereas A5 and A6 head towards south, A4 to the east and A13 & A10 head towards west.
  • Entry Fee: €9.
  • Nearest Airport: Charles de Gaulle International Airport (LFPG).
  • Nearest Station: Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile.
It is the most endearing monument that celebrates the French spirit of determination, courage and endearance. The Arc de Triomphe celebrates the bravery of soldiers who fought for France, particularly during the Napoleonic wars. It is perfectly positioned right at the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle. The beauty and grandeur of Triomphe is fully appreciated when you observe the wonderful relief sculptures carved out on all of its sides. It is basically a sequence of monuments erected in memory of the departed soldiers. The names of all the generals and other soldiers are engraved in the Arc. It also has a tomb of an unknown soldier who fought World War I underneath of it.

The Arc de Triomphe is a 49.5 meters high wonderful monument with a width of 45 meters and depth of 22 meters. Designed by Jean Chalgrin in 1806 with an inspiration from the Roman Arch of Titus, the Arc de Triomphe is the second largest triumphal arch in the world.

Visiting Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe is located at the heart of the city of Paris. It is a monument which represents the national history of France and where you will experience the confluence of past and present. It is such a monument that has a lot to explore. The history, the architecture, the panoramic view of the city of Paris from the top — you have a lot to do here. Make it a point to be present here in the evening and watch the relighting of the flame of the Unknown Soldier. It is a sheer delight for every visitor to sit on the terrace of the Arc de Triomphe and watch the sun biding you adieu for the day.
You need to enter into the Arc de Triomphe through an underpass. There is also a lift under the exterior observation level. In order to reach at the top of the monument, you either need to climb 284 steps or alternatively can take the lift and then finally climb 46 steps up to the top. Once you reach the top, you will surely be mesmerized by the scintillating view of the beautiful city of Paris, its twelve major avenues and the life along the avenues.

As you move under the arc through two crossed passageways, you will find the names 128 battles and also the names of 660 Generals who died in the battles inscribed on the stone. You will find some wonderful sculpture works on the building as well, the most famous of which is “Le Díépart des Volontaires de 1792” (the departure of volunteers in 1792), popularly known as “La Marseillaise”, sculpted by Rude.

One of major attractions of Arc de Triomphe is a tomb of an Unknown Soldier who fought in World War I and was buried in 1920. There is also a flame burning under the arch in memory of the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of their country.

The Arc de Triomphe can be visited by alone or with commentary. Commentary visit are offered in 4 different languages. For more information, contact the following:

Arc de Triomphe
Place Charles-de-Gaulle
75008 Paris
Tel: +33-1-55-37-73-77
Fax: +33-1-44-95-02-13
Web: http://arc-de-triomphe.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/

Opening Hours

1st April to 30th September: 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m.
1st October to 31st March: 10.00 a.m. to 10.30 p.m.
Closed: 1st January, 1st May, 8th May (Morning), 14th July (Morning), 11th November (Morning) and 25th December.
Note: Ticket counter closes 30 minutes before the scheduled closing of the monument.

Admission Rates

Adult: €9.00
Concessions: €5.50
Groups (minimum 20 heads): €7.00
Children under 18: Free

Related Links :

http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=TPn381NtkK0: To feel the grandeur of the Arc de Triomphe and see the wonderful sculptures carved on its sides, watch this video!

http://realtravel.com/paris-journals-j7359843.html: Click on this link for a first hand visitor's experience to the Arch de Triomphe and Champs-Elysees! You will get some relevant touristy information from this travel account.

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