Visiting the Arc de Triomphe

  • Date Published: August 23, 2022
  • Last Edited: August 23, 2022
  • Topic(s): Blog, Walkway

A Monument to French Gallantry

Located on the west end of Champs de Elysee and standing 162 feet tall is the Arc de Triomphe. The Arc de Triomphe is undoubtedly another monumental structure and symbol of Paris, along with the Eiffel Tower and Louvre.

Arc de Triomphe

Visiting the Arc de Triomphe on Bastille Day

Designed by architect Jean Chalgrin in 1836, the Arc de Triomphe was commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte in honor of those who fought and died for France.

Arc de Triomphe

The Arc is in the center of the world’s largest roundabout called Place Charles de Gaulle. Around Arc de Triomphe are hundreds of stores and shopping malls.

Ici repose un soldat francais mort pour la patrie. 1914 – 1918

Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphes has neoclassical architecture and can be defined by it’s scale in grandeur with simplistic geometric shapes.

Closing Thoughts

The Arc de Triomphe is a great symbol that celebrates France’s military. I think it’s pretty impressive that France has built a handful of commemorative buildings for its people. 

It is a fun experience to stand in the center of the roundabout watching the cars go by. You get a clear view looking down the road of Champs-Élysées to see the Place de la Concorde.

It’s dangerous if you want to visit Arc de Triomphe by crossing the street. To reach Arc de Triomphe by foot, look for a tunnel walkway underneath the roundabout. Inside the same tunnel, you can find the line to go up the Arc and get a panoramic view of the city of Paris. 

Footage in front of Arc de Triomphe.

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