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Exploring the Arc de Triomphe

Initially commissioned by Napoleon, the Arc de Triomphe is a monument to those who fought for France.


Arc de Triomphe at the Place de Charles de Gaulle

Here are a few things to check out what when visiting this beautiful site:

1.) The view from the top is one of the best ways to see the landscape of the city and I highly recommend going up at night to view the City of Light illuminated. There is also a museum and a gift shop to check out.


The Arc de Triomphe by night.

2.) The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is located at the base of the monument and is in honor of those who died but could not be identified. A memorial flame is lit every night at 6:30pm.

3.) Sculptures are located on each of the four pillars, as well as, carved reliefs so be sure to walk around and view them.


One of the sculptures on the side of Arc de Triomphe


4.) Located in the small arches are lists of military battle leaders. The names underlined are those who died in battle.


List of those who fought for France on the inside of the Arc de Triomphe

As you plan your itinerary, consider adding the Arc de Triomphe to your list. Keep in mind there is a fee to go to the top of the Arc but you can view the ground level for free. And don’t forget to use the underground walkway to get there!

Bises (kisses),

2 Responses to Exploring the Arc de Triomphe

  1. Vlad says:

    I’m going to be in Paris in July and going to the top of Arc de Triomphe is the first thing I want to do. Thanks for the tip about visiting it at night, I may go twice! 🙂

    1. Visiting twice would be fantastic! Bon voyage!