The Arc de Triomphe is a monument that is situated on the Place Charles de Gaulle junction in the capital of France, Paris. It is an arched monument that was built to honour the people that fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, the names of all the French victories and generals are inscribed on its surfaces. The arc was designed to a Neoclassical style by architect Jean Chalgrin in 1806 but was not inaugurated till 1836. It has heroic nude French youths battling against German warriors on its exterior. The arch is 50 metres high and 45 metres wide and it was known as ‘The Star’, as 12 avenues lead to the centred junction it is on.
The monument is at the western end of the famous Champs-Élysées avenue. The monument is accessible by metro by taking the 1, 2 or 6 metro trains to the ‘Charles de Gaulle’ station. Do not try crossing the road to the monument, an underground accessway exists for pedestrians to get to the monument, the road is extremely busy and dangerous to cross.
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The monument has a stairway to the top, where you can get elevated views of the city; tickets to access this experience are set at around 8 euros.