Arc de Triomphe

western end of the Champs-Élysées
Paris, Île-de-France Region, France

Arc de Triomphe
Photo: Jiuguang Wang License: CC BY-SA 2.0
The Arc de Triomphe (Triumphal Arch) honors those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.

Map of the Area Around
Arc de Triomphe

Because of heavy traffic traveling around the Arc, it is recommended that pedestrians use one of two underpasses located at the Champs Élysées and the Avenue de la Grande Armée.

An elevator will take visitors almost to the top – to the attic, where there is a small museum which contains large models of the Arc and tells its story from the time of its construction. 46 steps remain to climb in order to reach the top, where one can enjoy a panoramic view of Paris.

Arc de Triomphe Categories

  • Man-Made

    The design is by Jean Chalgrin (1739–1811), in the Neoclassical version of ancient Roman architecture. Major academic sculptors of France are represented in the sculpture of the Arc de Triomphe.
  • Monuments and Memorials

    Beneath the Arc is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. Interred on Armistice Day 1920. A ceremony is held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier every 11 November on the anniversary of the armistice signed by the Entente Powers and Germany in 1918.

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