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☆ Arc de Triomphe ☆

02/07/2009

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At the tip of the Champs-Élysées, directly in line with the Arc du Carrousel and the Arche de la Défense, is Napoléon’s triumphant antique arch..

Commissioned in 1806 to celebrate the victories of the Great Army, it was completed in 1836..

Its huge proportions – 50 metres high and 45 wide – are decorated with fine sculpture by Cortot and Étex, along with Rude’s famous Marseillaise..

☆ Arc de Triomphe and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ☆

☆ Arc de Triomphe and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ☆

Described by Victor Hugo as “a heap of glory”, the arch became a national symbol and the centre of any parade..

A flame is rekindled each evening at 6pm and the inscription “Here lies a French soldier, who died for his country” is written on the tomb of an unknown soldier laid to rest here in 1921..

☆ Arc de Triomphe and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ☆

☆ Arc de Triomphe and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ☆

☆ Arc de Triomphe and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ☆

☆ Arc de Triomphe and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ☆

☆ Arc de Triomphe and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ☆

Place du Général-de-Gaulle (8th).
M° Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile.
Tel: 01 55 37 73 77.
Daily from 1 Apr to 30 Sep: 10am-11pm. From 1 Oct-31 Mar: 10am-10.30pm.
Open after the parades on 8 May, 14 Jul and 11 Nov. 1 Jan,1 May and 25 Dec: closed.
€8 – RR: €5. Under 18s: free.
Nov to end Mar, 1st Sun of the month: free.
www.monuments-nationaux.fr
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☆ Arc de Triomphe and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ☆
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☆ Arc de Triomphe and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ☆
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☆ Arc de Triomphe and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ☆
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☆ Arc de Triomphe and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ☆

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