Arc de Triomphe

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Built between 1806 and 1836, and standing at the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, on the right bank of the Seine, the Arc de Triomphe is one of the world’s best known commemorative monuments.

Overlooking the Champs-Elysées, it was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 to celebrate his victory at Austerlitz to the architects Chalgrin, Joust and Blouet. It was inspired by the magnificent Arch of Titus in Rome. Beneath the arch, there’s the famous Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and each evening at 6:30 pm its flame is rekindled. The triumphal arch honours those who fought for France during the Napoleonic Wars and engraved on the inside and at the top are all the names of the generals and wars fought.

The figures and bas-reliefs are works by James Pradier, Antoine Etex and Jean-Pierre Cortot, but its most celebrated sculpture is La Marseillaise, by François Rude.

From the top of the monument, at 49.5 meters high, the arch offers an outstanding view over Paris.

Contacts & Details

Place Charles de Gaulle 75008 Paris

Sunday:

10:00 – 22:00

Monday:

10:00 – 22:00

Tuesday:

10:00 – 22:00

Wednesday:

10:00 – 22:00

Thursday:

10:00 – 22:00

Friday:

10:00 – 22:00

Saturday:

10:00 – 22:00