The Arc de triomphe was begun in 1806, on the orders of Napoleon I to honour the victories of his Grande Armée.
Inspired by the great arches of antiquity, the monument combines the commemorative with the symbolic and it has always played a major role in the national republican consciousness. Every evening, the flame is lit on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the Great War.
An exhibition portrays the history and explains its symbolic importance, nationally as well as internationally. The terrace provides superb views both by day and night across the city and its great sweeping avenues.
Arc de triomphe
Place Charles de Gaulle
The visit of the monument for groups or individuals does not require any reservation
Reservations for lecture tour:
Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 54 19 30 - Fax: +33 (0)1 44 54 19 31