are-de-triomphe-paris-city-break“You shall go home beneath triumphal arches!” So promised Napoleon to his men after the Battle of Austerlitz in 1805, and the first stone for the Arc de Triomphe was laid later the following year. Unfortunately the completion of the project was delayed until 1836 following Napoleon’s fall from power. It stands 50 metres, or 164 feet tall and is decorated with a number of stone carved friezes relating to heroic battles. It is a popular attraction while on a Paris city break.

The Arc de Triomphe, meaning Triumphal Arch in English, honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, and the names of all French victories and generals are inscribed on the inner and outer surfaces of the arch. Beneath the arch, in a vault, lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. The soldier was laid to rest here on Armistice Day 1920 and the first eternal flame to be lit in Western and Eastern Europe since the fourth century honours his memory.

The Arc de Triomphe stands at the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, with twelve avenues radiating out from it. It is a sensational point from which to start parades and victory celebrations and a great place to begin your city break or Paris adventures. There is an accessible Metro Station at the Arc de Triomphe which can take you all the way to

You can locate the Arc de Triomphe at Place de l’Étoile at the top of the Champs-Élysées. It is a link between the old and the new city of Paris, and is positioned on the highest point between the Louvre and the Grande Arche de la Défense. There is a lift or stairs and amazing views from the top to add to your album. It is a great landmark to plan your city break from and there are some excellent hotels in the general vicinity.

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Disabled Access LIMITED
Opening Times:
1 April to 30 September: 10 am to 11 pm
1 October to 31 March: 10 am to 10:30 pm.
Last admission is 45 minutes before closing.

Open every day except for the following:
January 1, May 1, May 8 (morning), July 14 (morning), November 11 (morning) and December 25.

Adult rate 9.50 €. Reduced rate: 6 €. Adult group rate: 7.50 € (minimum 20 persons).
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