Address: Arc-de-Triomphe / Place de Charles de Gaulle, Paris 8
Metro: Charles de Gaulle-Étoile
Hours: Open (weather permitting) from April 1 to September 30 : 10 am – 11 pm October 1 to March 31: 10 am – 10:30 pm Last admission 45 min before closing.
Closed on January 1, May 1, May 8 (am), July 14 (am), November 11 (am), December 25
Fees: Adults: 12 € – 17 and under: free – Groups (of 20 adults):9 €
Phone: 01 55 37 73 77
Arc-de-Triomphe, one of the most beautiful monuments in Paris, is located at Place d’Étoile, where twelve major streets meet, with the most famous one being Ave des Champs-Elysees.
The construction of this masterpiece began in 1806 by the order of Napoleon to honour his Grand Army after their
victory at the Battle of d’Austerliz. After some delays, the Arc-de-Triomphe was completed in 1836. Each four large, beautiful relief sculptures on the Arc tell a story: Marseillaise, or the departure of the volunteers, Peace, Resistance, and the Triumph of 1810.
All around and inside Arc-de-Triomphe, you can read the names of the Napoleon’s victorious wars, as well as the name of some of his Generals.
In 1920, to honour the soldiers of the World War I, this 50 meter high arch became the house of the tomb of an unknown soldier.
Inside the Arc-de-Triomphe is a small museum dedicated to the history of this monument. You can also get to the roof top of the arch (50 meters above ground) from inside for a nice view of the city.
In 2008 Arc de Triomph went through a modernization renovation. Exciting interactive screens are added to the arc where you can witness great historical events. You will also learn about the history and construction of the Arc.
If you drive, try not to get into an accident at Place d’Etoile, since most insurance companies may not cover your accident!