Arc de Triomphe

By Martin | January 15, 2011 | Filed under: Champs Elysees
Arc de Triomphe (photo by

Arc de Triomphe (photo by

This is the Arc de Triomphe, a 16-story war monument conceived by Napoleon, designed by architect Jean-François Chalgrin, and built at the top of the avenue des Champs-Elysees. It was constructed between 1810 and 1836.

It is possible to reach the roof of the monument by climbing nearly three hundred steps, and the view is excellent. I haven’t been up there very often, but I do have some nice photos of several Paris streets taken from the top of the arch, including a photo of the avenues leading to La Defense, a photo of the Avenue Foch, and a photo of the ever-popular Champs-Elysees.

The arch is surrounded by a huge vehicular roundabout. Some tourists foolishly try to cross the roundabout in front of hundreds of cars in order to get to the monument. The seasoned habitués of the city know that there is an underground pedestrian walkway on the northern side of the Champs-Elysees that provides safe access to the monument.

This monument, like so many others, is intended to glorify war and those who died waging it. Beneath the arch lies the tombe du soldat inconnu (“tomb of the unknown soldier”), and a flame of remembrance burns above the tomb. There are regular military ceremonies at this location to commemorate the many and varied massacres that have colored French and world history.

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