Arc de Triomphe

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Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe

What you'll do

Catch a stunning sunset on the viewing deck of the Arc de Triomphe and see the eternal flame and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier below its arch.

Visit the Arc de Triomphe with The Paris Pass®

  • You can visit this attraction with the digital Paris Museum Pass. Please download it before you visit!
  • Stand on the viewing deck and drink in the views over Paris
  • Visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
  • Enjoy the striking use of architectural styles of the arch

The Arc de Triomphe is perhaps the most iconic of all French monuments and without a doubt the most triumphal. Built between 1806 and 1836, it is iconic in style and sculpture of the decoration popular at the first half of the nineteenth century and visitors can admire its delicate design and engravings. Instantly recognizable and deeply evocative of the military history of France, the Arc de Triomphe provides a glimpse into France’s social past as well as spectacular views across central Paris.


Experience the Splendor of the Arc de Triomphe

Discover the heart of Paris, the renowned Arc de Triomphe. A symbol of French grandeur, it has stories etched in stone that echo throughout centuries.

Your Key to History - Arc de Triomphe Tickets

Be a part of history. Get your hands on Arc de Triomphe tickets with The Paris Pass and witness the magnificence of the monument. Its breath-taking view of the city will leave you in awe, making your Parisian journey unforgettable.

Paris Arc de Triomphe Highlights:

  • Monument to tribute French soldiers lost in all the wars with a Crypt of the Unknown Soldier
  • 50m high panoramic views over the city
  • Neoclassical style and design of ancient Roman architecture
  • Four main sculptural groups on each pillar depicting Le Départ de 1792, Le Triomphe de 1810, La Résistance de 1814 and La Paix de 1815
  • Engraved names of military leaders of the French Revolution and Empire on inside of arch pillars

Did you know:

  • The Arc de Triomphe was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806, however, he died before he got to see it completed (though his body was passed under it to reach its final resting place)
  • The Roman Arch of Titus inspired Napoleon to construct his 19th-century version in honor of his Grande Armée
  • A ceremony is held at the Crypt of the Unknown Soldier every 11th November on the anniversary of the armistice of 1918
  • Legendary military pilot Charles Godefroy flew his plane under the Arch three weeks after the WWI victory parade in 1919 much to the French authorities displeasure

Don't miss:

Viewing Platform

The observation deck at 50m up the Arc de Triomphe has some of the best views in Paris. At the summit of 234 steps, you can see for miles and take in the spectacular panoramas of La Défense, the Champs Elysées, and up to the Sacré Coeur. At sunset, you can see Paris fall under the cloak of night and illuminate under the street lamps at dusk; a truly romantic experience… And you can’t beat the symbolism and importance of the monument on which you are standing either.


The Arc de Triomphe is a masterpiece by a group of French sculptors; Jean-Pierre Cortot; François Rude; Antoine Étex; James Pradier and Philippe Joseph Henri Lemaire. They each created the sculptures we see on the arch pillars today. La Maraise by Rude is perhaps the most famous - it is a depiction of the national anthem. Visitors can admire the intricate detail of the façade of the arch pillars as well as the inside where there are engraved names of the leaders of the First French Empire.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Underneath the Arc de Triomphe is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, interred on Armistice Day 1920 to commemorate the fallen French soldiers of WWI. Flying an eternal flame to commemorate those who lost their lives this crypt is an important symbol of the sacrifice men of the First World War made for their country.

Special closures: closed in the morning 14th July - Bastille Day

If you like the Arc de Triomphe, you won't want to miss the lovely Sainte Chapelle, with its impressive ode to Gothic architecture .


Q. What is the history behind the Arc de Triomphe?
A. The Arc de Triomphe was commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1806 to honor the French army's victories, and it stands as a symbol of national pride.

Q. Can visitors climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe?
A. Yes, visitors can climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe and enjoy breathtaking views of Paris, including the Champs-Élysées and other iconic landmarks.

Q. Are there any significant events associated with the Arc de Triomphe?
A. The Arc de Triomphe has witnessed numerous historic events, including military parades, the passage of the Unknown Soldier, and the annual Bastille Day celebrations.

Q. Is there a museum inside the Arc de Triomphe?
A. Yes, there is a museum located within the Arc de Triomphe that showcases artifacts and exhibitions related to its history and significance.

Q. Are there any famous sculptures or reliefs on the Arc de Triomphe?
A. The Arc de Triomphe features intricate sculptures and reliefs, including the famous "Departure of the Volunteers of 1792" also known as "La Marseillaise" and other artistic representations of triumph and glory.

Q. How can I reach the Arc de Triomphe using public transportation?
A. The Arc de Triomphe is conveniently located near several metro stations, and visitors can easily reach it using the Paris Metro system. The Charles de Gaulle-Étoile station is the closest one.

Know before you go

This attraction is available as part of the digital Paris Museum Pass which is included for free with The Paris Pass®. Be sure to download it ahead of your trip and to save it on your phone as you'll need it at the entrance. You'll be asked to specify a 'date' which MUST be on one of the days you plan to use your passes. Click here for more information on downloading your Paris Museum Pass and a full list of attractions.

For more information visit the Arc de Triomphe website.

Where you'll be

Operating hours

Daily: 10AM - 11PM

Please see the attraction website for the most up-to-date hours.

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