The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle (originally named Place de l’Étoile), at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. The Arc de Triomphe is the linchpin of the historic axis – a sequence of monuments and grand thoroughfares on a route which goes from the courtyard of the Louvre, to the Grande Arche de la Défense. The monument was designed by Jean Chalgrin in 1806, and its set heroically nude French youths against bearded Germanic warriors in chain armor. It set the tone for public monuments, with triumphant patriotic messages.
The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile stands 164 ft (50 meters) in height, 148 ft (45 m) wide and 72 ft (22 m) deep. It should not be confused with a smaller arch, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, which stands west of the Louvre. The Arc de Triomphe honors those who fought and died for France in theFrench Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces.
Planning a visit to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris? Here’s the info you’ll need
HOURS OF OPERATION
Landmark is open every day
From April 1 to September 30: 10:00am – 11:00pm
From October 1 to March 31: 10:00am – 10:30pm
Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France
Paris RER: line A, station Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile
Paris Metro: lines 1, 2 and 6, station Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile
Students (18 to 25 years): 5€
Groups (up to 20 adults): 6,20€
Free for children and students up to Age 17