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Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe majestically sits at the top of the most beautiful avenue in the world !


The most famous symbol of the French Republic, the Arc de Triomphe, is an integral part of the urban Paris landscape.

In 1806, Napoleon 1st decided to construct an arch, inspired by antique arches, to pay tribute to the French armed forces. The arc sits sumptuously poised at the top of the Champs-Elysées, 50 metres high and 45 metres wide.

Among the sculptures adorning the facade, you can see the memorial plaque « Le départ des volontaires de 1792 », also known as the « Marseillaise » on the wall, commemorating the soldiers who went to battle for France. The monument bears the names of the most imminent soldiers and shelters the 'Tomb of the Unknown Soldier', where the flame is light each night.

Since 2008, the Arc de Triomphe proposes a new exhibition that traces the history of the arch in a playful, interactive way. Videos show off the sculptural aspects of the monument, invisible from the ground. Make sure you're at the top for the sunset over Paris, or at night to see all the lights.

Discover the Arc de Triomphe in the video below:





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Guided tours in French sign language by prior appointment with: jean-paul.perbost@monuments-nationaux.fr.

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