The Arc de Triomphe

This colossal, 164-ft triumphant arch was planned by Napoléon - who believed himself to be the direct heirRazi at the Arc de Triomphe to the Roman emperor- to celebrate his military success. Unfortunalely, Napoléon's strategic and architectural visions were not entirely on the same plane, and the Arc de Triomphe proved something of an embarrassment. Although the emperor wanted tthe monument completed in time for an 1810 parade in honor of his new bride, Marie- Louise, the arch was still only a few feet high, and a dummy arch of painted cancav was strung up to save face.

Empires come and go, and Napoléon's has been gone for more than 20 yeas before the Arc de Triomphe was finally finished, in 1836. It has some magnificient sculpture by François Rude, such as the Departure of the Volunteers, better know as La Marseillaise, to the right of the arch when viewed from the Champs-Élysées. After showing alarming signs of decay, the structure received a thorough overhaul in 1989 and is once again neo-Napoleonic in its splendor. There is a small museum halfway up the arch devoted to its history.

Before taking the elevator to the top of the Arc to experience the amazing city view, stand by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, added at the Arch’s base in 1920. An eternal flame burns here to commemorate fallen soldiers. From the top of the Arc

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.

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April 1st to September 30th open daily from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
            Closed January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.

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