ARC DE TRIOMPHE
It is one of the most famous monuments in Paris, standing at the western end of the Champs-Élysées at the center of Place Charles de Gaulle. Built between 1806 and 1836, it’s iconic in style and sculpture to the decoration popular at the first half of the nineteenth century and visitors can admire its delicate design and engravings. Monument to tribute French soldiers lost in all the wars with a Crypt of the Unknown Soldier 50m high panoramic views over the city.
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The observation deck at 50m up the Arc de Triomphe has some of the best views in Paris, at the summit of 234 steps you can see for miles. At sun set, you can see Paris fall under the cloak of night and illuminate under the street lamps at dusk; a truly romantic experience for the visitors.
TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER:
Underneath the Arc de Triomphe is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, interred on Armistice Day 1920 to commemorate the fallen French soldiers of WWI. At the base of the Arch de Triomphe stands a torch. Every evening at 6:30 P.M. it is rekindled, and veterans lay wreaths decorated with red, white and blue near its flickering flame. It burns in the darkness to recall the sacrifice of an unknown French soldier who gave his life during World War I. Flying an eternal flame to commemorate those who lost their lives this crypt is an important symbol of the sacrifice men of the First World War made for their country.
The construction of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris was ordered in 1806 by Napoleon, the French Emperor. Napoleon wanted to honor the Grande Armee, the name of the French army at that time. The Arc de Triomphe is a masterpiece by a group of French sculptors; Jean-Pierre Cortot; François Rude; Antoine Étex; James Pradier and Philippe Joseph Henri Lemaire. They each created the sculptures we see on the arch pillars today; La Maraise by Rude, is perhaps the most famous as it is a depiction and inspiration of the national anthem.
From 2 Jan to 31 March – Open every day 10.00-22.30
From 1st April to 30 Sept – Open every day 10.00-23.00
From 1st Oct to 31 Dec – Open every day 10.00-22.30
1 January, 1 May, 8May (morning), 14 July, 11 November (morning) and 25 December
Tickets and Prices:
Full Price: 12€
Reduced Price: 9€
(Tourism professionals, young people (18-25 years old) from non-UE country and foreign teachers.)
Group Price: 9€ (Minimum 20 people)
Price for Schools: 30€
Free Admission: *Under 18 (with family and excluding school groups) – 18-25 (citizens of the countries of the European Union and non-European residents regularly resident in France) – Disabled people and their attendant – Jobseekers, on presentation of a jobseeker’s certificate dated within the last 6 months. ICOM Card holder.