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Arc de Triomphe Guide

A symbol of the French nation.

Located in the center of Place Charles de Gaulle, at the end of Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe honors soldiers from the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars.

Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France
+33 1 55 37 73 77

Getting there

Metro: M1, M2, M6 to Charles de Gaulle - Étoile; M1, M9, M12 to Concorde


€9.50 for adults or free with a Paris Museum Pass.


Everyday from 10AM to 11PM (April 1 to September 30) and 10AM to 10:30PM (October 1 to March 31)


Do not attempt to cross the traffic circle to access the Arch — use the underground tunnel on the Avenue de la Grande Armee side of the circle. You can access this tunnel from the Wagram exit of the Metro.

Take the lift to top and explore a small museum of the arc's history.

Quick facts

Every evening at 6:30PM, a torch at the base of the Arc is lit to commemorate the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The Arc is part of the Axe historique, a series of monuments and thoroughfares that run from the Louvre to the outskirts of Paris.

There are 4 sculptural groups on each of the Arc's pillars: Le Départ de 1792, Le Triomphe de 1810, La Résistance de 1814 and La Paix de 1815

Napoleon commissioned the Arc in 1806 but died before he got to see it completed.

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