L'Arc de Triomphe –
1 of 2 Napoleonic Arches in Paris

Another Paris Insiders Secret –
l'Arc Has One of the Best Views of Paris

Commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 L'Arc de Triomphe Paris was not finished until 1836, long after Napleon was dead. At 50 meters tall (64 feet) it is one of the most recognizable monuments in the world.

This monument to Napleon's victories is located at the western end of Champs-Elysées in the center of Place Charles de Gaulle, from which twelve streets form the shape of a star and give the site its more common French name, l'Étoile.

The view from the top is one of our favourites. From there you get a real sense of the imaginary line (Axe Historique) that runs from the center of the Louvre (in the east), through the Jardin des Tuileries, down Champs-Elysées, underneath l'Arc de Triomphe and then all the way out to La Défense in the west, where the imaginary lines runs through the giant Grande Arche — the much younger but much bigger brother of the arch you're standing on top of.

Arc de Triomphe Info

Free entry to l'Arc with the Paris Pass

You get free entry to the top of l'Arc de Triomphe Paris if you have a Paris Museum Pass »

Otherwise, it's 9.50€ at the door.

The Unknown Soldier from World War I is buried in a tomb underneath l'Arc de Triomphe Paris and now honors the soldiers who died in both World Wars.

After your visit head east on Champs Elysées towards the Louis Vuitton flagship store. You may find a line-up waiting to get in, but that's one queue the the Paris Museum Pass can't help you with!


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Arc de Triomphe Facts

Arc de Triomphe Facts

• French Name: l'Arc de Triomphe
• Place Charles de Gaulle, Paris 8e
• Closed: January 1, May 1, May 8 (morning), July 14 (morning), November 11 (morning) and December 25
• Metro: Charles de Gaulle-Etoile

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