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Arc de Triomphe
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Ranked #12 of 1,232 things to do in Paris
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Arc de triomphe was begun in 1806, on the orders of Napoleon I to honour the victories of his Grande Armée. Inspired by the great arches of antiquity, the monument combines the commemorative with the symbolic and it has always played a major role in the national republican consciousness. Every evening, the flame is lit on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the Great War. An exhibition portrays the history and explains its symbolic importance, nationally as well as internationally. The terrace provides superb views both by day and night across the city and its great sweeping avenues.-Opening hours : April to September: from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; October to March: from 10 a.m. to 10.30 p.m.-Closed: 1st January, 1st May, 8th May (morning), 14th July (morning), 11th November (morning), 25th December-Entry fees: Adults = 9,5 €; Concessions = 6 €; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
Reviewed 11 June 2014

Fantastic views from the top make this worthwhile! There are lifts - but none available when we were there. Beware, there are a lot of stairs!!

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Reviewed 11 June 2014

This monument, with the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, should be visited just so that you can pay your respects and say a prayer for the soldier lying in the grave and sacrificing his life for you to do just that. You can read all the names on the monument and feel thankful that you are in this beautiful city. You can then walk up the steps of the Arc de Triomphe and gaze at the beautiful view, especially down the Champs Élysées. There is a lift for those who cannot manage the stairs but be warned, there are still 46 steps to walk up even after that. But it is worth it.

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Reviewed 11 June 2014

We had the Paris museum pass and were quite enthralled when we arrived one late afternoon and there was no line! We had not read up on the site, so we were not aware of the 'trek' to get to the top. My sis, friend, and I took off running up the spiral staircase until we realized, about half way, oh oh...we climb all the way up??? Ha! My sis gave me the evil stare, since it was my idea and esp. after someone mentioned we can't go back down on this staircase. It's one way up, another way down. So we slowed down, naturally, and climbed the 284 steps to get to the top.

There are benches available to you after you climb the last step # 284. Thoughtful, right? I thought so! You can take a minute, or two, or three to rest up and catch your breath before you make it on the terrace. Because boys and girls, you will need it! Breathtaking views of the Sacre Coeur, Lourve, Champs Elysees, Eiffel Tower, and the amazing city of Paris awaits you once you make it outside. It will make the 284 steps you just climbed seem like a piece of cake. There are no words to describe the feeling I got when standing on the terrace, overlooking the sites, and feeling the cool air against my skin. Because of that, I will gladly do it again. You should too, if possible. However, I might take the elevator halfway up this time around :).

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Reviewed 11 June 2014 via mobile

A nice place to walk around eat shop and when you reach the middle the Arch , it was under restore but still amazing , a must see in Paris

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Reviewed 10 June 2014

This is a beautiful work of art built to celebrate the French triumphs during the Napoleonic Wars. The Arc is really detailed and worth the visit. During the evening around 6pm you can see French Veterans leaving flowers for the unknown soldiers. You can view the arc from a bus, standing across the street from it or you can cross the street and get close enough to touch it and admire it closely. It doesn't take long to look and it is a great place for pictures.

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