City Tours and Dinner near the Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe is one of the best well known and most visited monuments in Paris along with the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre museum. Climb up the 284 steps and discover a magnificent view of the Champs Elysées.
Arc de Triomphe: the symbol of Paris
The Arc de Triomphe is located in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, in the Place de l'Etoile, at the end of the Champs Elysées.
Right in the middle of the Place de l'Étoile in Paris, in the heart of the great artery linking the Louvre with the Grande Arche de la Défense, The Arc de Triomphe is a key symbol in France's history. The idea occurred the day after the battle of Austerlitz and was then built between 1808 and 1835 under Napoléon's orders in honour of their 'Grande Armée' (grand army). Inspired by ancient Rome, the most monumental of the world's triumphal arches takes pride of place at the meeting point of twelve avenues, constructed in the 19th Century under Baron Haussmann's whim. Its facade is formed of figures, curls and bas-reliefs, like Rude's Marseillaise with its wings deployed. Its neoclassic style is a witness of an architectural trend during the 1st empire and perpetuates the ancient traditions even though its construction was finished under the reign of Louis-Philippe.
A century on, 11th November 1920, the corpse of an unknown soldier was laid down in a tomb beneath the arch, a symbol of the many deaths of World War I. Attached to the tomb is the sacred flagstone, on which the 'the flame of memory' was lit, and which has remained alight ever since. It is rekindled each evening at 18.30. This place, notorious for huge national protests and which has witnessed the funerals of Napoléon and Victor Hugo, is made up of rooms which use contemporary scenography to tell the rich history of this national monument in an interactive way. However, the military and historic origins of this monument are often unknown by the public who hurries to visit it all year.
The visit of a monument and a terrace with an unbeatable view
To visit the Arc de Triomphe offers you an educational and fun experience. Follow a route composed of rooms that present a contemporary scenography interactively telling the complex history of this national monument and then go to the terrace, the principal attraction of the monument, which is considered as one of the best rooftops in Paris. That view seduces countless visitors from all around the world.
At 55 meters (180.45 feet) high, the final part of the visit of the Arc de Triomphe, the terrace, offers a panoramic view of Haussmannian Paris and the Champs Élysées, the most beautiful avenue in the world, a view that's as impressive by day as it is by night. Nonetheless, you will find as well many other treasures hidden between the roofs of Paris like the Eiffel Tower, the Montparnasse tower, the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, and the Butte Montmartre, the Louvre museum and even the Dôme des Invalides. You will also be able to admire the business district of La Défense, the place where the future of the capital is decided and in which glass towers are flying towards the sky. Telescopes make it possible to take full advantage of the urban landscapes that take place at your feet on 360 degrees.
Book now, with Paris City Vision, your ticket to the Arc de Triomphe at the best price. A magnificent and unavoidable monument during your visit in Paris. You are able to book as well a tour composed with the entrance tickets, a dinner cruise, a bus tour and many other touristic activities at a good price.