ARC DE TRIOMPHE
Arc de Triomphe is engraved with names of generals who commanded French
troops during Napoleon's regime.
Standing at the end of the Champs-Elysées, it is now one of the most
famous landmarks in Paris, together with the Eiffel Tower symbol of
12 Streets radiate from the circular square. The streets are named after
French military leaders.
The design of the arch by Jean Chalgrin is based on the Arch of Titus in
Rome. The Arc de Triomphe is higher but it has exactly the same
proportions. The triumphal arch is adorned with many reliefs, most of
them commemorating previous battles.
- It was not until the year 1730, when five streets radiated out from
this "Etoile de Chaillot".
And in 1758, after several plans were drawn up, such as a bizarre one in
the midst of the square - a gigantic elephant housing ballrooms and a
theater. However, the plans appeared a bit too ambitious. And, Napoleon
Bonaparte had other ideas, he built a monument for the glorification of
his Grande Arm? a triumphal arch in classical style - the Arc de
Triomphe. The Arch was finished for the inauguration in 1836, during the
reign of Louis Philippe. However, the rest of the "Place de L'Etoile"
was not finished until 1854.
Haussman, responsible for redesigning Paris (1853-1870), added another
seven avenuesto the existing five ones of them stretching up to the
boulevard called after him.
The Arc de Triomphe and its massive piers are decorated with bas reliefs
depicting scenes trom the revolutionary era (including the First
Empire). To the right on the side facing the Champs-Elysees is the
Marseillaise by Rude (the departure of the volunteers to the front in
1792); to the left is Napoleon's Triumph of 1810 by Cortot. The
resistance of 1814 and the Peace of 1815 are on the other side, modestly
facing away from the city.
To get a closer look at the Arc de Triomphe, you can take an underpass
on the Champs-Elysees or Avenue de la Grande Armee that leads you to the
center of the plaza. Cultural centers, deluxe hotels and other
activities that participate in the tradition and prestige of the Champs-Elysees
are encouraged to return by the municipality.
: lines 1, 2 et 6 station Charles-de Gaulle-Etoile.
: line A station Charles-de Gaulle-Etoile.
lines 22, 30, 31, 52, 73, 92 and Balabus.
From 1er april to 30 september from 9h30am to 11pm
From 1er october to 31 march from 10am ?0h30pm
Closed on 1st january, 1st may, 8 may (morning), 14 july (morning), 11
november (morning) and on 25 d?mber.