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Monday, January 14, 2013

Arc De Triomphe Etoile : A Famous Historical Landmark of Paris



Arc De Triomphe Etoile (Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile) is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. The Arc is located on the right bank of the Seine at the centre of a dodecagonal configuration of twelve radiating avenues. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle (originally named Place de l'Étoile), at the western end of the Champs-Élysées.

The Arc de Triomphe (in English: "Triumphal Arch") honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.




 



A lift will take visitors almost to the top – to the attic, where there is a small museum which contains large models of the Arc and tells its story from the time of its construction. 46 steps remain to climb in order to reach the top, the terrasse, from where one can enjoy a panoramic view of Paris.


There is a smaller arch, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, which stands west of the Louvre.






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