The Arc de Triomphe is located at Place de l’Etoille. It overlooks one of the famous attractions in the city of Paris: Champs-Elysées.
Napoleon commissioned the Arch in 1806 after his great victory in honor of the military achievements of the French armies.
✦ What to Expect
There is a climb of quite a number of steps; almost 300 steps to be precise. What makes it to not an easy climb, its the shape of the staircase.
The climb is well worth it because you get to see the panoramic view of the city of Paris. These views are insanely beautiful, to say the least.
✦ A Panoramic View From The Arc de Triomphe
From the top of this monument, we were able to zoom in and out the Eiffel Tower from here.
We also had a panoramic view of the Avenue Champ-Elysées. This is a street that is great for shoppers who love the designer’s outfits. These include Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Versace, just to mention but a few.
Engraved on the inside and at the top of the Arch, are the sculptures of the warriors, statues, and engravings of the heroes for the soldiers in World War I.
There are inscriptions on the ground, just beneath the arc. This includes the tomb of the unknown soldiers from World War I. There is also a Memorial Flame burns and is rekindled daily at 6.30pm.
Indeed, this has made the Arc de Triomphe a patriotic site. Besides, it serves as an iconic symbol in the city of Paris and to France as a country. Another reason for you to add this into your bucket list!
✦ Some Tips:
- The Arc de Triomphe is accessible by the means of public transport
- Purchase tickets in advance to get through quicker
- Be aware of the pickpockets
- The climb to the observation deck involves climbing almost 300 steps of a spiral stone staircase
- There is a small museum
- Wear comfortable walking shoes
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