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

The Arc de Triomphe is perhaps the most iconic of all French monuments, and without a doubt one of the most triumphal. Built between 1806 and 1836, it’s iconic in style and sculpture to the decoration popular at the first half of the nineteenth century and visitors can admire its delicate design and engravings. Instantly recognisable 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.


  • 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 honour of his Grand 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

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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 sun set, 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 whic 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 as it is a depiction and inspiration of the national anthem. Visitors can admire the intricate detail of the external façade of the arch pillars, as well as on 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

How to get there:

- Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile (metro + RER)

Note: Do not try and cross the busy crossroad – take one of the underpasses to the entrance below ground. 

Make the most of your Paris Pass:

- Enjoy this historic French monument for free 
- Explore the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and climb the steps for the panoramic view – all included in the Pass
- The opening and closure times may change. For updated timings, please check the official attraction page.

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1st April - 30th September
Monday 11.00 – 19.15
Tuesday 11.00 – 19.15
Wednesday 11.00 – 19.15
Thursday 11.00 – 19.15
Friday 11.00 – 19.15
Saturday 11.00 – 19.15
Sunday 11.00 – 19.15
Last Admission: 45 minutes before closing time
1st October to 31st March
Monday 10.00 – 22.30
Tuesday 10.00 – 22.30
Wednesday 10.00 – 22.30
Thursday 10.00 – 22.30
Friday 10.00 – 22.30
Saturday 10.00 – 22.30
Sunday 10.00 – 22.30
Last Admission: 45 minutes before closing time

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Place Charles de Gaulle, Paris 8e Nearest metro: Charles de Gaulle-Etoile


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