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by Joy S
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
September 30, 2006
From journal 4 Nights in Paris
August 14, 2006
From journal Paris in Spring...and Summer
by go cards
June 24, 2006
From journal Under the Sky
by Monique Witsel
March 29, 2006
From journal Montpellier, France: 10 weeks
September 6, 2005
From journal Paris, France
September 4, 2005
That aside the Arc is truly magnificent and the poignant sight of the "eternal flame" alongside the tomb of the Unknown Soldier is etched on my memory. Somehow the traffic noise was lost to one and al as we all pondered the symbolism and simplicity of the strong messages emitted by the tomb and the flame.
This 50 metre high by 45 metre wide arch is a colossus of its type with some classical relief sculptures exceedingly well preserved, considering the bashing it must get from the polluting traffic that thunders daily around it. Facing the Champs-Elysees the four scenes commemorate The Marseillaise (1792), General Marceau’s funeral, the signing of the Treaty of Vienna, and the battle of Aboukir whilst in the opposite direction the scenes include the capture of Alexandria and at the lower level "resistance" and "peace" by Etex (a less accomplished sculpture than Rude who was responsible for the other main panels).
The frieze towards the top of the arch is cluttered with hundreds of figures (all 6-feet tall) and it is somewhat difficult to take it all in. The shields, right at the top, name the greatest victories of the Revolution and the French empire whilst inside the arch, are engraved the "lesser victories and the names of over 550 generals (those who died in battle are underlined)
It’s a popular misconception that the archway was built as a tribute to Napoleon whereas in reality it was to commemorate the forces of the French Revolution, liberation and continued freedom. It took over thirty years for it to be completed and now it is at the centre of one of the busiest junction in the centre of Paris with twelve avenues converging at the Place Charles de Gaulle and the Arc de Triomphe.
There’s a small museum inside the Arch documenting its history and construction and the admission charge allows you to climb to the top for further views of Paris. I don’t think you miss out if you don’t bother with an internal inspection of the Arc although it is the only place that you can fully appreciate the radiating roads.
It is a remarkable tribute to the French people and historically I was interested that Victor Hugo’s body lay in state here in 1885, whereas Napoleon funeral procession only passed under the arch.
From journal Picturesque Paris
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
August 3, 2005
If you won't heed our advice and you must go, whatever you do, do not eat anything here. The food is dreadful, and this is probably the only place where you will find the stereotypical rude French waiters. It is because they are tired of dealing with non-French-speaking, fanny-pack-toting, tourist-T-shirt-wearing tour groups from Minnesota all day. I would be rude, too. Please, jump right back on the Métro and get out of there. My advice is to go see the pretty Place de La Concorde and cross back over to the Left Bank as soon as you can.
From journal Victoria and Kelly Go to Paris
Saint Paul, Minnesota
July 6, 2005
The Arc is a fascinating sight. Located in the middle of Europe's largest roundabout, it is also the site of the last stage of the Tour de France every year. That alone probably makes it second in sights only to the Eiffel Tower.
The sight is familiar: pay your admission and queue up with many others to climb a couple of hundred spiraling stairs. The Arc does offered a discounted rate for students. At the top of the stairs, the view is spectacular, of course. For slightly more money, you can use one of the sets of binoculars and get a better view of certain sights.
The Arc also hosts the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Far fewer people visit this part of it, but it is also beautiful and moving.
From journal Paris: Hot and sweaty, but worth it
Diamond Bar, California
June 17, 2005
In addition to the view from the top, the monument also houses the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It was built to commemorate the lives lost in the two world wars, but it also serves as a solemn reminder of all the lives lost in history’s darkest times. A flame and a memorial where people lay flowers mark the spot.
Inside the Arc, there is an excellent exhibit of photos from World War II. I think that there is supposed to be another area that covers more information on the building of the Arc, but it was closed for remodeling. The price of the Arc de Triomphe is also covered in the museum pass if you have it. Oh, by the way, make sure to take the underground passageway to the Arc. We actually saw people risking death by trying to run across the 12 lanes that encircle the monument.
From journal Paris for Beginners
Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
November 8, 2004
At the base is the Grave of the Unknown Soldier, symbolizing the millions of soldiers who died in World War I.
There is an elevator, but it was closed when we were there. The stairs are an endless spiral, but eventually you'll get there. The view from the top gives you some idea of how big Paris is. In every direction, stretching into the horizon, is the endless city, with over 2,000 years of history.
From journal The City of Lights