"Paying a tribute to an unknown soldier" Arc de Triomphe - Tomb of Unknown Soldier Tip by mariev

  Setting the flag in place (June 17 2005)
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  • Setting the flag in place (June 17 2005) - Paris
      Setting the flag in place (June 17 2005)
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  • The Arc de Triomphe by night - Paris
      The Arc de Triomphe by night
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The Arc de Triomphe, commissioned in 1806 by Napoleon and finished in 1836 is among the most visited sites in Paris.

Climbing on its roof (you normally have to use the stairs to go up but there is a lift for disabled people), you can - not only have a nice view on Paris - but also get a very interesting lesson in local driving : the arch marks the center of, perhaps, the most impressive turnabouts in the world and, with no marking on the ground, the traffic jam can be absolutely crazy.

Under the Arch lays the tomb of an unknown soldier killed during WW1

There is a little museum beside the tomb, with sometimes very interesting photo exhibits

The flame beside commemorates the deads of the two world wars and, every evening, at 18h30, a short ceremony occurs, including the rekindling of this flame.

For important occasions, a huge French flag is hung from the ceiling inside the Arch.

On the main picture - taken a June 17 - you can see both the firemen's ladder used to set the flag and - under the arch, soldiers paying a tribute to their defunct forebearer.
(and, if you have a close look, you can see scaffoldings on the right : the Arch HAS BEEN CLEANED in 2005)

Address: Place Charles-de-Gaulle Etoile
Directions: Metro Line 1, 2, RER A : Charles-de-Gaulle Etoile
othercontact: http://www.monum.fr/m_arc/pratiq
Phone: +33 1 55 37 73 77
Website: http://www.discoverfrance.net/France/Paris/Monuments-Paris/Arc-CDG.shtml

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  • Updated Oct 22, 2006
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