One of the most famous monuments in Paris is the Arc de Triomphe, which has been a place to celebrate war victories since the time of Napoleon (who commisioned it in 1806).
Standing 50 meters above Place Charles de Gaulle, it provides outstanding 360º views including the Champs Élysées and 11 other grand boulevards which all radiate from the traffic circle around the Arch. The Arc is a beautiful sight at night especially looking down the Champs Élysées where it stands majestically lit up at one end of the boulevard.
Visitors can climb 284 steps to the top of the arch or there's an elevator for handicapped access, but whether it is working when you visit is another story.
The body of the unknown soldier rests under the arch and at certain times there is a ceremonial wreath laying on the grave.
The Arc de Triomphe is open 9:30-11pm, April thru September; 10am-10:30pm, October thru March.
Admission is €6.10/4.90
Phone: 01 43 80 3131
Note:This famous monument is open for visitors and offers stupendous views from the top.
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