"The Arc du Triomphe" Arc de Triomphe Tip by Pieter11

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If one of the first designs from the triumph sign would have won in that time, Paris would have looked totally different now. First Napoleon wanted the sign of honour to his glorious armies at the Place de la Bastille, at the other side of town. And Napoleon didn´t want a arch, but a fat, water spitting elephant. Despite all this, the Arc de Triomph was build at the Place de l´Étoile between 1806 and 1836.

The four large sculptures in the front- and backfacade, symbolise the big Exodus of the armies in 1792 (at the rightside, standing with your back towards the Champs Elysees), also known as the 'Marseillaise'. The victory of 1810 (peace with Austria) you´ll find at the leftside. At the other side you see a scene of the Revolution of 1814 (right) and at the leftside the peace of 1815.

The names of the places in which Napoleon celebrated his victories, are visible at the inside of the arch. Under the arch is the grave of the Unknown Soldier, out of 1921. Since then the flame always burns here.

You have to visit the platform on top of the Arc. The view is amazing. Between 10:00 and 23:00 hours you can reach the top for ? 7,-.

Address: Place Charles-de-Gaulle Etoile
Directions: Metro: Line 1, 2, Charles de Gaulle

RER A : Charles-de-Gaulle Etoile

Take the tunnel to reach the Place de l´Étoile to reach the arch. Don´t cross the street running through the traffic.

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  • Written Jan 7, 2005
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