Arc de Triomphe

If you are into the art and history of Paris, then you must see the Arc de Triomphe, and its friezes, bound to bring right in front of your eyes scenes of the Napoleonic battles and victories, as if they happen in that very moment.

The cruel irony is that none of those scenes was seen by the Emperor himself, because the works were completed in 1836, thirty years after their initiation. However, the precision of the details, the seemingly alive battle scenes, as well the incredible proportions of the monument itself would satisfy even the highest expectations.

The location is perfectly chosen, at the intersection of a dozen of boulevards, among which the Champs Elysees and Avenue de la Grande Armee are the most famous. It looks like the Arc is the center of Paris, and, in a certain sense nothing is truer. Its impressive dimensions (22m of width, 50 m of height and 45 m of length) dominate the surroundings.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is located here as well, as a tribute paid to the memory of all those who lost their lives during the First World War. Also, a small museum is located inside the construction. In exchange of a fee, it can be visited, and tourists have access to the top of the monument, from where the view is breathtaking.

Arc de Triomphe

If you are interested in visiting it, the easiest way of access is the subway, which stops at the Charles de Gaulle-Etoile station, or you can just have a pleasant walk along one of the twelve boulevards. Anyway, you must visit the Arc de Triomphe once you are in Paris.

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