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Last updated: 09 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Anna Brooke

This ornate, 50m-high arch is an iconic Parisian landmark, situated at the heart of 12 avenues that branch out from it like the spokes of a wheel.

The Arc was commissioned by Napoleon to honour all those who fought and died for France during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars – the names of all French victories and generals are inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces, and an eternal flame burns in memory of the unknown soldier of World War I (whose tomb lies beneath the arch).

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Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Access the arch via the pedestrian tunnel which runs beneath the chaotic roundabout surrounding Place Charles de Gaulle. There are stairs to a small museum and viewing platform at the top of the arch, offering a great view of the city.

Book tickets on the website well ahead of time, as tickets for the roof terrace are limited.

When to do it

The Arc is open all year round, seven days a week, except on days of major ceremonies.

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