Jun 13, 2009

When I was at the Arc de Triomphe which stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, I was looking at the inside and the top of the arc. I was wondering how many names of generals and wars fought. This monument honors those who fought for France particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. The underneath is the tomb of the unknown soldier from World War I. How the France appreciates them!

Designed by Jean Chalgrin in 1806, inspired by the Roman Arch of Titus. The monument stands 49.5 m in height, 45 m wide, and 22 deep. The sculpture representing Peace (interpreted as commemorating the Peace of 1815)

Pedestrian access to the Arc de Triomphe is via an underpass. The Arc has one lift (elevator), to the level underneath the exterior observation level. Visitors can climb 284 steps to reach the top of the Arc or take the lift and walk up 46 steps. From the top there are spectacular views of Paris. Looking eastwards, down the Champs Elysées, toward the Louvre, there is the Place de la Concorde,, the Tuileries Gardens, and the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel. In the opposite direction - westwards - in the distance is its larger and newer, La Grande Arche de la Défense.

Station on Paris metro : Charles de Gaulle Etoile