Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe Etoile, called Arc de Triomphe, is located in Paris, on Place Charles de Gaulle or formerly Place de l’Etoile, at the western end of Avenue des Champs-Elysées . In addition, it is located northwest of Place de la Concorde. Place de l’Etoile forms a roundabout giving access to twelve avenues: Champs-Elysees, Marceau, Lena, Kleber, Victor Hugo, Foch, Grand Army, Carnot, Mac-Mahon, Wagram, Hoche, Friedland. Mainly names of Napoleonic victories or generals of the Empire.



This monument is at the crossroads of twelve avenues pierced in the nineteenth century under the leadership of Baron Haussmann, then prefect of the Seine department. These avenues radiate around the square star (hence the name she used to be renamed Place Charles de Gaulle), including the Avenue de la Grande Armée, the Avenue de Wagram and, of course, the Champs Elysees. The Arc de Triomphe is one of the national monuments with a strong historical connotation. Become a true symbol of patriotism, the monument welcomes November 11, 1920 the body of an unknown soldier of the 1st world war. The flame coming out of the grave commemorates the memory of the unknown soldier and never goes out: it is revived every evening at 6:30 pm by associations of veterans or victims of war. To travel the Champs Elysées you can use the Metro and get off at the station: Charles de Gaulle – Étoile. The Arc de Triomphe, whose construction was commissioned in 1806 by Napoleon Bonaparte, was originally dedicated to the Imperial Army. Its construction, suspended at the fall of the Empire, does not finish until 1836 when it was inaugurated by Louis Philippe.

How to get to the Arc de Triomphe

To walk along the Champs Elysées you can use the Metro and get off at the station :
Metro : Charles de Gaulle-Étoile
Lines 1, 2, 6
RER A: Charles de Gaulle-Étoile