The Arc de Triomphe is the starting point of a visit to some of the capital’s most upscale districts. This arch, the largest in the world, was built in 1806 to celebrate Napoleon’s victory at Austerlitz and towers over the 8th arrondissement. From its terrace-roof, you can enjoy a breath-taking panoramic view of the French capital. For a truly unforgettable moment, the Arc de Triomphe is best visited at dusk or at night, in order to enjoy the sparkling lights of the Eifel Tower. End your visit at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, whose flame is rekindled every evening. From here, commence your exploration of the iconic Champs-Élysées. The upper half is devoted to eating out, luxury brands and flagship stores. The lower half, as you walk towards the Place de la Concorde, has many pleasant and peaceful green spaces, embellished by colourful flower beds. Along the way discover where Marcel Proust played in his childhood years. A bustling and lively spot, both by day and night, the avenue serves as the setting for some of the nation’s most popular events every year: the parade on 14th July, the finishing point of the Tour de France, the Christmas market and Illuminations
The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile was built between 1806 and 1836 and is one of the most famous monuments in Paris, standing at the western end of the Champs-Élysées at the center of Place Charles de Gaulle, formerly named Place de l’Étoile — the étoile or “star” of the juncture formed by its twelve radiating avenues.
The Arc de Triomphe honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. Three weeks after the Paris victory parade in 1919 (marking the end of hostilities in World War I), Charles Godefroy flew his Nieuport biplane under the arch’s primary vault, with the event captured on newsreel. On 26 August 1844 at three o’clock in the afternoon, before descending triumphantly down to Champs-Elysees within liberated Paris, general Charles de Gaulle came to lay down the white-flowered Cross of Lorraine on the Tomb of the unknown Soldier. Since then, the Arc de Triomphe has provided the framework for all great national celebrations: 11 November, 8 May, and, of course, the national fete of 14 July. Every evening at 6.30pm the flame at the tomb is rekindled.
Inspired by the Roman Arch of Titus, the Arc de Triomphe has an overall height of 50 metres, width of 45 m, and depth of 22 m, while its large vault is 29.19 m high and 14.62 m wide.
Discover a wealth of information on travelling by Motorhome, Caravan or Boat when planning your holiday or trip of a lifetime
Which ever way you wish to travel, do it with style!