Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe stands at the western edge of the Champs-Elysees and was originally designed to honour the soldiers and victories of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Based on the Roman Arch of Titus, the monument is now one of the main sites of Armistice Day in Paris and houses the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Reasons to visit the Arc de Triomphe:

The Arc de Triomphe in Paris stands 50 metres high and was the tallest triumphal arch in the world until the last quarter of the 20th century. Standing as the most impressive of the historical axis of monuments along the Champs-Elysees, construction originally started on the Arc de Triomphe in 1806 at the height of Napoleon's power but was not completed until 1836.

The imposing arc features various sculptures of French idols, with work by Cortot, Etex and Rude all adorning its base. Underneath the bridge of the Arc de Triomphe are 30 shields celebrating the victories achieved by Napoleon as well as the names of hundreds of the generals who served him throughout his reign.

In modern times the Arc de Triomphe has become famous for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the eternal flame that was lit in his honour and as a site of the Bastille Day parade.