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Arc de Triomphe, Paris

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One of the city’s most famous monuments, Arc de Triomphe honors those who died fighting in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, and consists of four main sculptures. This location also marks the central spot where the avenues radiate out of Place de l'Étoile. See the names of French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Inside the monument, you can view a permanent exhibit conceived by artist Maurice Benayoun and architect Christophe Girault exploring the symbolism of this and other national monuments in regards to war and peace. Beneath its vault lies the "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier" from World War I. Our Paris online trip itinerary maker makes visiting Arc de Triomphe and other Paris attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • There are no shortage of iconic monuments to visit and photograph in Paris and the Arc de Triomphe is no exception. Book your ticket in advance, get here early, don't cross the roundabout and take... 
    There are no shortage of iconic monuments to visit and photograph in Paris and the Arc de Triomphe is no exception. Book your ticket in advance, get here early, don't cross the roundabout and take...  more »
  • Traveling to Paris? Bring your camera and watch your wallet while you have an opportunity to take so many memorable shots of this magnificent structure in Paris. The climb to the top is a bit... 
    Traveling to Paris? Bring your camera and watch your wallet while you have an opportunity to take so many memorable shots of this magnificent structure in Paris. The climb to the top is a bit...  more »
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  • My most favorite view of Paris and definitely a highlight of the city! I have visited many times in the past, but it never ceases to amaze me how grandiose this building is. During my last visit, I waited around 10 minutes to purchase the ticket and another 5 minutes to go through security - all reasonable times, however next time I would buy tickets online. Once I walked up the twisting stairs (there is no elevator for the general public) I entered a lobby where toilets are located, and continued to the roof. I spent about half an hour at the roof deck, walking around and enjoying the view of the city. It was not really busy, people were just chilling, relaxing, and taking pictures. It was really lovely to watch the buzz down there by the roundabout and traffic at Champs-Elysees. As the sun was setting it created fabulous photo opportunities over the La Defense neighborhood. On the way down I passed by a quite large gift shop and watched a couple of videos in the lobby right under the roof deck. I saved some time to walk around the Arc and enjoy the beauty of it. Definitely a place to return to when in Paris! Visited in May 2022.
  • I didn't get a chance to get inside but definitely enjoyed walking around it and admiring this architectural art. You can surely take enough photos with it although many people are visiting there every day every hour. Be careful not to pass the road by walking, that's dangerous and wrong. There are different underground passes that will do the work. One of the must visit places in Paris, and looks like it is better to visit it by climbing it up and also getting an astonishing view of Paris.

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