Arc de Triomphe Paris

The “Arc de Triomphe” was built between 1806 and 1836 on the Place de l'Etoile. It is a very important historic monument.


The construction of the “Arc de Triomphe” ("Triumphal Arch”) was ordered by Napoleon on the first day of the Battle of Austerlitz in memory of the victories of the French armies.


After experiencing disruptions due to the geopolitical context, the “Arc de Triomphe” was finally built under Louis Philippe. It is 50 meters high, 45 meters wide and 22 meters deep.

The tomb of the First World War’s Unknown Soldier has been placed at the foot of the monument in 1920 in homage to all the soldiers killed during the war. Since 1923, every evening at 6:30pm, a flame has been rekindled. 

Finally, it is interesting to know that the sun sets in the axis of the “Champs-Elysées” twice a year and allows you to see the sunset through the “Arc de Triomphe”.

From the “Porte Maillot”, you can also see the sun rise twice a year in February and November.


If you want to discover the other great monuments of the city, don’t hesitate to get in hotel in Paris for a comfortable stay. 


Practical information:

Arc de Triomphe Paris 
Place Charles de Gaulle 
75008 Paris 

Phone: +33 1 55 37 73 77

For more information, visit the Arc de Triomphe Paris website.