The Arc de Triomphe, standing proudly in the circular Place Charles-de-Gaulle at the top of the Champs Elysées, is a symbol of the French nation. It stands at the crossroads of the magnificent axial avenues defining Paris, and honors all those who fought for France, particularly in the Napoleonic Wars. Written on the arch are all the wars fought by France and the names of the French generals invovled. It is also the location of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier commemorating those lost in World War I.
The arch itself is huge: 160 feet (50m) tall, 148 feet (45m) wide, and 72 feet (22 m ) deep. It's so large that, after World War I ended, a joyous pilot flew his biplane through the Arc de Triomphe.
Review by Heather G, November 2012
Each time I visit the Arc de Triomphe it is different, and I see something new. The view from the top is well worth the climb.
Review by Vickie Tucker, October 2011
Paris is absolutely wonderful! The weather and food was perfect. The sights were amazing, after reading about these buildings and their purpose since a child I found them unbelieveable, Their age, size, heighth and history all make our trip and money spent worth it all. When laying in bed we could see the Effle Tower and fought over the side next to the window. (: My two favorites were: the Louve and the Effle Tower. The Louve was undescrible with treasures from all over the world. The Mona Lisa was much smaller than I had thought, it was tiny compared to most of the painting - but amazing. We have traveled all over the world and our week in Paris was our best, our second best was white water rafting down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.
We enjoyed the rail pass and the museum pass that had us into the Louvre and up on to the Arc de Triomphe in record time. The hop on hop off bus was good for a change of pace.