A great historic monument


Member Rating 4 out of 5 by alanmack37 on October 27, 2010

L'arc de triomphe is a spectacular historic archway monument situated on Place de L'Etoile. It is nearby the Champs Elysees, one of Paris' most famous avenues that connects to the Eiffel tower. Within the city zone of Paris there are many famous attractions that can be seen walking by foot.

There is a subway near the metro staion leading there,as you can't cross the roads. This area has crazy traffic as the monument is situated on a kind of island where several roads adjoin and dispatch.

Climbing up to the top is a bit tiring,as staircase is narrow, but it is a worthwhile journey. Views are quite nice. I went near the sunset when city started to get light up, and the spectacle was magnificent.

Although inspired by Emperor Napoleon’s victory in a battle, it actually honours those who fought for France in the Napoleonic Wars. On the inside and the top of the arc there are names of generals and wars fought. Underneath the Arc is the tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War One.

There is a room sortly before reaching the top, where history of the place and how it was made are on display, although most people seem to skip this part. When finally on top, be aware that surfaces can be quite slippery when wer and that railings are not very strong, so keep small children under close supervision. All in all, a pleasant visit.

A great tip that i would recommend is to get the museum pass whilst in Paris. It will cut out a lot of queue waiting and probably save you a lot of money as well as time. Paris is one of the most tourist crammed cities in the world. Also the area around L'Arc de triomphe has several bakeries and eateries at affordable prices. If on a budget try a baguette from a bakery, they are very filling and bakeries fill them with meat and cheese and are quite cheap.

All in all it is worth a visit, not to mention that the area takes stunning photographs.

Arc de Triomphe
Place Charles-de-gaulle
Paris, France, 75008
+33 (1) 55 37 73 77

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