Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sunday Travel Photo #75: Arc De Triomphe

Arc De Triomphe.  Paris.  France.  February 2015.
Overview of the Arc De Triomphe, Paris, France

Arc de Triomphe is a popular monument in Paris, France. It is one of the best tourist locations in Paris. It is situated at the center of the  Place de l'Étoile also named as  Place Charles de Gaulle. The Arc de Triomphe pay respect to people who battled and give their life for France, in the Napoleonic Battles and French Revolution. The monument includes the titles of all French triumphs and the general name are written on its inside and outside areas. From World War I,  the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is situated underneath its vault.

Top Attractions

Axe Historique
The Axe Historique also popularly referred as Voie Triomphale is a line of buildings, monuments and thoroughfares which expand through the middle of the Paris. The Axe Historique started out with the construction of the Champs Élysées, developed in the seventeenth century to build a landscape to the west side, stretching the middle axis of the  Royal PalaceTuileries garden. The Arc de Triomphe is the main attraction part of the Axe Historique. It is also the main route to visit the Grande Arche de la Défense.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from first world war is located under the Arc monument. The tomb has the 1st endless flame lighted in Eastern and Western Europe ever since the Vestal Virgins' flames were put out within the 4th century. Thus, It burns up in memory of the fighters who gave their lives, and  who have been certainly not recognized in the two world wars.

There are beautiful sculptures around the Arc. The notable sculptures are La Marseillaise by François Rude,  Jean-Pierre Cortot's Le Triomphe de 1810, Antoine Étex's La Résistance de 1814 and La Paix de 1815.

At the façades of the Arc 6 reliefs, sculptures are staying, symbolizing significant occasions of the Napoleonic period and the French Revolution that consist of: The Battle of Jemappes, The Battle of Aboukir, General Marceau's burial, The Battle of Arcole, The Battle of Austerlitz and The Fall of Alexandria. You can find 21 sculpted roses in the ceiling of the Arc.

How to get in the Arc De Triomphe, Paris, France

You can visit Arc De Triomphe, Paris by metro and train. You can catch a train from  Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile railway station or visit by metro lines 1,2,6 and line A of the RER.


  1. The Arc de Triomphe Paris, the most monumental of all triumphal arches, was built between 1806 and 1836. Even though there were many modifications from the original plans, reflecting political changes and power struggles,

  2. the centre point of the principal arch facing upon the Champa-Elysees. In the presence of British Prime Minister Lloyd George

  3. If your coming to France and other than the visit of The Eiffel Tower, You must visit the Arc de Triomphe. It's like the India Gate of Mumbai, however this is the French equivalent. The area is extremely busy and you must be on your sharpest to maneuver past the hustle and bustle of the roads. It's historically significant and one of the nicest piece of Architecture around.

  4. Wonderful sight to behold.

  5. It is a very quiet place, and I do not mean tourists.

  6. Its really good to honor our past heroes with Arc de Triomphe. Happy to see this on your blog. Long live France.

  7. Tomb of the unknown soldiers....? Did they fight for the good cause of the war and the world and how come they are unknown or better still, identified to any particular country?