Places Around Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe, or the triumphal arch, is a world-famous monument in Paris, right at the western end of the Avenue de Champs-Elysees. This monument honors those who fought for France during Napoleonic Wars. The insides of the arc as well as its top are all covered with the names of generals and wars fought, and underneath is the tomb of the unknown soldier that was placed here straight after World War I. The pedestals are decorated with four high reliefs well-known as ‘La Marseillaise’.
The monument itself was designed by Jean Chalgrin in 1806. It is 49,5m high, 45m wide and 22m deep. At present it’s the second largest arch in the world. One can climb on the arch either by taking lift or by steps – over 284 of it. From the top of the arch there is a panoramic view of Paris. Over the years this monument has become a real symbol of French nation.