L'Arc de Triomphe

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Place Charles de Gaulle
Paris, France 75008
+01 55 37 73 77
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Commissioned in 1806 by Napoleon, the Arc de Triomphe is situated in the centre of the Charles de Gaulle-Etoile.  It is located at the western end of Champs-Élysées, and was designed to honour those who fought for France during the Napoleonic wars.  Engraved within the arch are the names of the major victories, as well as the names of 558 generals.  On premise is also the tomb of an Unknown Soldier.

The arch stands at over 51 metres, and is the second largest triumphal arch.  From the top of the arch lies an observation platform that gives you views of the city.

The Arch is closed January 1st, May 1st, May 8th (morning), July 14th (morning), November 11th (morning) and December 25th.
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Getting there:
Metro: lines 1, 2 and 6, station Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile RER: line A, station Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile Bus: lines 22, 30, 31, 52, 73, 92 and Balabus Access the Arch by using the tunnel of the north side of Champs Elysées.
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Oct 22, 2008
Transport: Metro or RER – Charles De Gaulle Etoile – 1, 2 or RER A Napoleon’s gift to his soldiers – to commemorate there victories. This is the biggest triumphal arch in the world and from the top you get a great view of the city and an amazing site of the 12 roads that brance out from the tower.
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Aug 26, 2009
The Arc de Triomphe is a monument in Paris, France that stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, also known as the "Place de l'Étoile".[1] It is at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. The triumphal arch honors those who fought for France, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. On the inside and the top of the arc there are all of the names of generals and wars fought. Underneath is the tomb of the unknown soldier from World War I
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Feb 23, 2009
Arc de triomphe is very nice. It has a symbol of victory in itself. You can run from La Defense to it in sport shoes when it is raining and you will be there in cca 40 minutes-it is not that long (you can make it before breakfast:):)). If you get there at 7 o'clock in the morning and you want to touch it, don't. You will find a policeman downstairs in the dark, then you have to turn around and go back to your hotel!!!:)
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Oct 14, 2008
It's cliche to visit the eiffel tower, but truly is a must. Watch out for pick pockets. They are everywhere. Take as little as possible and guard your belongings. I lived with a french family while I was there, and they don't just target the foreigners, they go after anyone.
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Oct 1, 2009
You can either climb 284 steps to reach the top of the Arc or take the lift and walk up 46 steps. From the top there is a beautiful panoramic view of Paris, of 12 major avenues leading to the Étoile and of the exceptionally busy roundabout in which the Arc stands.
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