Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile


Introduction
Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile is situated at the western end of the Champs Élysées on a roundabout in the middle of Place Charles de Gaulle. This is an intersection of twelve busy roads.
This 50m high monument based on the Roman Arch of Titus was completed in 1836 and honours those who fought and died for France in war. The names of all French victories and generals are carved into the four pillars. There are also several statues depicting important events in French history.

Visiting
You can see the location on my Paris map. In order to get close to the Arc de Triomphe you need to use the subway which surfaces on Champs Élysées and Avenue de la Grande Armée. Trying to walk across the roads is not advised.
It's possible to go inside and climb the 284 step spiral stairway to the roof but for this you have to pay. Prices valid to 31st March 2013 are as follows-
Adult- €9.50, 18-25 year old- €6.00, under 18s- Free. There are also special rates for groups.
Opening times:
1st April to 30th September - 10am to 11pm.
1st October to 31st March - 10am to 10.30pm.

Offers
The Paris Pass includes transport and entry to over 60 top Paris sights including entry to the Arc de Triomphe plus many other special benefits. Prices start at €104. Over 900 users have given it an average rating of 4/5.
Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile in Paris France
Most of my Paris photos were taken in January 2013. However some of the pictures like the one above and the rooftop shots were taken in 2008. Unfortunately it was raining during both of my visits though some of the earlier photos came out better. Also I didn't bother going on the roof again in 2013.



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Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile in Paris France
Looking along the Champs Élysées. Many sports fans will know this stretch of road from the Tour de France.
Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile in Paris France
The western side with the prominent La Résistance de 1814 and La Paix de 1815 sculptures.
Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile in Paris France
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. It has an eternal flame which has only once gone out since the burial in 1920.
Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile in Paris France
Access is via a subway. The busy road is almost impossible to cross.
Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile in Paris France
The tunnel leading to the roundabout where the Arc de Triomphe stands.
Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile in Paris France
Entrance to the monument itself is through a small door.
Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile in Paris France
284 stairs and 50m to the top. There is no lift.
Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile in Paris France
The roof has great views of the city.
Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile in Paris France
Looking east along Avenue Hoche and Avenue de Friedland. Sacre Coeur is just visible on the hill in the distance.
Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile in Paris France
Looking South along Avenue d'Iéna and Avenue Kléber towards the Eiffel Tower.
Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile in Paris France
Looking north west along Avenue de la Grande Armée towards La Défense You can just about make out La Grande Arche which is one of my favourite Paris buildings and is a modern day version of Arc de Triomphe.
Notre Dame Cathedral / Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris  in Paris France
La Marseillaise (or Le Départ de 1792). This is a representation of the French national anthem on the eastern side.
Notre Dame nave and altar with it's Pieta in  Notre Dame Cathedral / Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris  in Paris France
La Résistance de 1814 on the western side. It symbolises France's resistance to foreign forces fighting against Napoléon.
Notre Dame Cathedral / Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris  in Paris France
Le Triomphe de 1810 (or Triomphe de Napoléon) on the eastern side. The scene celebrates the height of Napoléon's reign in 1810.
Notre Dame Cathedral / Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris  in Paris France
La Paix de 1815 on the western side. It represents the return to peace after the Treaty of Paris in 1815.

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