Arc de Triomphe
- Type: Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Located in the 8ème arrondissement (8th district), the towering Arc de Triomphe was commissioned by Napoléon to laud his own military prowess. Although he desired its completion in time for his 1810 wedding, the magnificent Arc de Triomphe was not finished until 1836. Today, the renowned 164-foot-tall arch stands at the head of the Champs-Élysées, facing off against the glittering gold tip of Place du Concorde's obelisk.
The fixture's pillars are adorned with several impressive sculptures and its facade features intricate sculpted reliefs. You can climb to the top of the arch and take in the Parisian panorama; if you want, you can stop at the history museum located halfway to the top. Most visitors are wowed by the immense size of the structure, with many noting how photos don't do it justice, and recommend ascending to the top for the spectacular Paris views.
The interior of the arch and the viewing deck is open every day from 10 a.m. to 10:30 or 11 p.m., depending on the season. Recent visitors recommend visiting at 6:30 p.m. when the Unknown Soldier's flame is lit. But for fewer crowds, plan your visit for the early morning. You can admire the arch from the outside for free, but climbing to the top will cost €9.50 EUR (around $13 USD) for anyone older than 17. Métro lines 1, 2 and 6, as well as the RER A train, service the Charles de Gaulle - Étoile station at the attraction. To learn more, visit the Arc de Triomphe website.