Built in 1833, the Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile in Paris, France, is the biggest of its kind and stands on Chaillot hil in the middle of 12 avenues shaped like a star. It is one of the many Paris attractions in France that tourists come to see on day trips to Paris
What was the Arc de Triomphe made for?
Napoleon I was the one who thought up the Arc de Triomphe because he wanted to construct an arch like the ones the Romans built to honor their victorious armies when they returned from battle. It was designed by Jean François Thérèse Chalgrin. It is considered to be a symbol of the French people’s patriotism.
In 1920, the area under the Arc de Triomphe became the final resting place of the French Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The tomb features an eternal flame in tribute to the soldiers who died in both world wars, and a military parade begins at the arc every year on Bastille Day on July 14. The inscription on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier reads, “Here lies a French soldier who died for his fatherland 1914-1918."
The French also hand their flag from the arc during national holidays and important state events. It is also the finish line for the last part of the Tour de France bicycle race, which occurs at the end of July.
What does the Arc de Triomphe look like?
The Arc de Triomphe is a dramatic sight for people who have never been there before. It has four large relief sculptures at the bottom that shows the Triumph of 1810 by Cortot, Resistance, and Peace by Etex, and The Departure of the Volunteers by François Rude.
The top of the arc has an engraving of all the big battles the French won during the Napoleonic and the Revolutionary time frames. If you look inside the arc, you will see names of 558 generals who won those battles.
Once you pay for your ticket and go inside of the Arc de Triomphe, you will see a historical museum that preserve’s the Arc’s history. You can also go to the top of the Arc and get a bird’s eye view of the city.
Information on visiting the Arc de Triomphe
If you decide to come one of the cheap flights to Paris to see it, the Arc is open every day except for Christmas, Veteran’s Day and French holidays. Hours vary, but usually it is open between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. Admission is free to children under 18, and young people who are citizens of the countries in the European Union who are under 26, as well as disabled visitors and their escorts. Other adults will pay between six and 9.50 Euros, dependent if they are in a group or they fit into a reduced cost category. Check with your tour agent for more information.
If you are in Paris you can get to the Arc de Triomphe on the number one, two and six Metro lines at the Charles de Gaulle Etoile station, or you can take bus lines 22, 30, 31, 52, 73, 92 and the Balabus.
So, if you desire to see a great monument in Paris, France, then come to see this beautiful Arc de Tromphe.