L’Arc de Triomphe
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Commissioned in 1806 by Napoleon 1st to glorify French troops, and achieved 30 years later under the reign of Louis Philippe, the Arc de Triomphe is the work of architect Jean-François Chalgrin.
Situated in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle - Etoile and offering a splendid architecture evocative of ancient arches, it marks the beginning of the Champs-Elysées.
Its pedestals are decorated with 4 allegorical high reliefs by artists Cortot, Etex and Rude, including the famous “Marseillaise”.
Situated half-way between the Louvre Museum and the Great Arch at the Défense business district it links ancient and modern Paris.
Entrance price in 2015: 9.50€