Arc de Triomphe is one of the most important monument to visit when you are in Paris. It shouldn’t be confused with the small Arch near by the Louvres Museum. The Arc de Triomphe has been built during Napoleon I in the early 19th century and finished in 1836. This historical landmark stands for all who fought and died for France during the 18th century famous French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars. In fact, when you visit the Arc de Triomphe you can see many names of soldiers from the inside and the outside wall of the landmark. Besides, underneath the Arch, you can find the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I with an eternal flame in the memory of all dead who were never identified during wars.
The Arc de Triomphe is surrounded by a big and busy roundabout with twelve avenues including the world famous Avenue des Champs Elysees which leads to the Place de la Concorde. As the roundabout is always busy, by day and by night, you can reach the Arc de Triomphe from an underground path from Avenue des Champs Elysées or Avenue de la Grande Armée.
The Arc de Triomphe is the key monument for the World War I Armistice and the National Day where the French flag is installed in the middle of the Arc de Triomphe.
The Arc de Triomphe is open every day from 10am till 10.30pm (from 01/10 till 31/03) or 11pm (from 01/04 till 30/09). Admission is free for children under 18 and for European Union Nationals under 26, otherwise the entrance ticket is 9, 50€. Due to weather, the monument schedule could be modified sometimes, so it is always better to find out before going there.