Arc de Triomphe - Paris
The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most visited monuments in Paris – and the biggest Triumphal Arch in the world. Located at the far end of the Champs-Élysées, it is surrounded by a giant traffic roundabout. Whatever you do, don’t try to cross the road here; use the underground pedestrian crossing. To get to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, climb the stairs (almost 300 of them) or take an elevator to the Observatory for stunning views of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Sacre-Coeur.
In 1806, Napoléon, the French Emperor, ordered the Arc’s construction and it was finally completed in 1836. Beneath the Arc de Triomphe is The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, symbolizing all the soldiers that died on the field in World War I. Every year, on July 14th (Bastille Day), a Military Parade starts here and runs down the length of the Champs-Elysées. The Arc de Triomphe is open daily.
Charles-de-Gaulle or Etoile