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Updated on May 2, 2012

Arc de Triomphe Paris


The Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile may not be as artistic as Porte Saint-Denis – considered to be its older cousin, is actually more known and definitely has a bigger space. Situated on the top of Chaillot hill, it has become the center surrounded by a lot of busy avenues in Paris.

Actually, in Paris, there are several Arc de Triomphe’s. It has a huge arch with 2 full towers mounted by a big horizontal area which is known for its architectural feature even during the time of Louis XIV by the late 17th century.

Visitors usually seek to go to the intersection at the Champs-Elysées and the Avenue de la Grande Armée together with 10 other streets.

Because of its detailed friezes and carvings, it made the work a delight to look at. The sheer size of the monument combined with photographs makes it to a marvelous architecture. The Arc stands 164 ft or 50m high, and is 148 ft or 45m and 72 ft or 22m wide. It has a vaulted passageway which is 98 ft or 30m tall.

If you stand below the structure (but with the traffic in Paris, unfortunately, you can’t really stand at the center), you will be overwhelmed with the huge stone. Here, you can easily imagine how the armies of Napoleon marched victoriously as they passed at the boulevard going through its opening.

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The structure which was commissioned in 1806 and was finished in 1836, the sole purpose of its construction was to celebrate the victory of Napoleon. On the sad note, Napoleon was not able to do so. Wellington triumphed over Napoleon’s army in Waterloo in 1815 which ended the self-glorifying monument building projects of Napoleon.

The structure can be viewed from a few of the various areas far from Paris, in part, the zoning restrictions in Paris can be thanked for not continuing the construction of high buildings.

The famous arch can also be viewed not far from the area below the arch, but inside and underneath too. It has a tunnel below the street coming from 1 side leading to the other, as well as an interior spiral staircase.

By its base, you can see four big relief sculptures which are placed on the bases of the four pillars. The top is engraved by the names of the huge triumphs that happened in that time. Along its sides are engraved names of the 558 generals – the underlined ones died in battle.

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Since the WW1 ended, the Arc held on to the Tomb of the Unknown soldier, which commemorates the people killed during 1914-1918. The burning Flame of Remembrance which is permanent on the arch is a touching section of the awesome monument.

There is a small museum inside the arch which has displays regarding its history. (Admission includes access to the museum and to the top).

The top views, as there are a lot of it above Paris, are absolutely enticing. The place is not named as the ‘City of Lights’ for nothing. By standing there, the guest can view the Place de la Concorde and Louvre as well as other popular sights.

The Arc de Triomphe can easily be accessed by using the Metro (subway). Take the exit by the Etoile station at Charles de Gaulle. Or, you can also walk down the Champs- Elysées, for sure you can’t miss it.

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