Arc de triomphe

The most famous symbol of the French Republic, the Arc de Triomphe, is an integral part of the urban Paris landscape.

Arc de triomphe
Place Charles-de-Gaulle, 75008 Paris 8ème

Adress

Place Charles-de-Gaulle
75008 Paris 8ème
France

URL

www.paris-arc-de-triomphe.fr

Phone

+33 (0)1 55 37 73 77

Access

Metro : lines 1, 2 et 6, station Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile
RER : line A, station Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile
Bus : lines 22, 30, 31, 52, 73, 92 and Balabus
From outside Paris: exit Porte Maillot and avenue de la Grande Armée or exit Porte Dauphine and avenue Foch
From Paris center: go up Avenur des Champs Elysées

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In 1806, Napoleon 1st decided to construct an arch, inspired by antique arches, to pay tribute to the French armed forces. The arc sits sumptuously poised at the top of the Champs-Elysées, 50 metres high and 45 metres wide.

Among the sculptures adorning the facade, you can see the memorial plaque « Le départ des volontaires de 1792 », also known as the « Marseillaise » on the wall, commemorating the soldiers who went to battle for France. The monument bears the names of the most imminent soldiers and shelters the « Tomb of the Unknown Soldier », where the flame is light each night.

Since 2008, the Arc de Triomphe proposes a new exhibition that traces the history of the arch in a playful, interactive way. Videos show off the sculptural aspects of the monument, invisible from the ground. Make sure you’re at the top for the sunset over Paris, or at night to see all the lights.
Theme Napoleon
In 1806, immediately following the Battle of Austerlitz, Napoleon ordered the construction of the Arc de triomphe in honour of France’s great army. The monument was to dominate Paris and satisfy the Emperor’s taste for Antiquity.
The monument then became the site for many important national events, such as the return of Napoleon’s ashes in 1840.

Theme World War I
The Arc de triomphe is home to the tomb of the unknown soldier, his non-identification symbolising all those who fell on the front lines. Lit for the first time on 11th November 1923, the memorial flame is rekindled every evening at 18:30.

Top tip
Suitable for all age groups.

NB : Booking is mandatory for groups : reservations.arcdetriomphe@monuments-nationaux.fr

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Tour Operators/Distributors Sales

Yes

Group

  • Minimum number: 20

Animals not accepted

Guide dogs allowed

Complementary welcome

Suitcases and pushchairs not allowed
Forbidden to tripod (without allowance), rollers, skateboard

Services and Activities

Services

  • Shop

equipments

  • Lift
  • Toilets

Visits

Type of visit available

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently
  • Guided group tours obligatory

Average length of individual visit

45 min

Additional visit

External guide allowed

Languages

Visit language(s)

Educational signs and documentation language(s)

Spoken language(s)

Language(s) of documentation

Complement

Free for minors -18 years old (with family or school group)
18-25 years old (European Union citizens and non-european regular residents on French territory)
Disabled person and hist guide
For all : the first sunday of evey month from November to March
Museum pass accepted

Reduced price: 9€
Reduces price for tourim professionnals, youth (18-25 years old) excluding European Union and foreign teachers

Adult

13 - 13€

Complement

Free for minors -18 years old (with family or school group)
18-25 years old (European Union citizens and non-european regular residents on French territory)
Disabled person and hist guide
For all : the first sunday of evey month from November to March
Museum pass accepted

Reduced price: 9€
Reduces price for tourim professionnals, youth (18-25 years old) excluding European Union and foreign teachers

Free younger than 18 year

Booking

Reservations required for groups.
Request at least 4 weeks in advance.