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The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous monuments in Paris and the most famous of its kind globally. It is located on Place de Charles de Gaulle, formerly known as Place de l'Étoile, on the border of the 8th, 16th and 17th districts, and is the symbolic heart of France.
The neo-classical monument stands 50 meters high, 45 meters wide and 22 meters deep. There are statues on each pillar, which represent triumph, peace, resistance and the Marseillaise. The laurel wreaths on the central arch represent victory. Inside the arch you can see the names of the generals that fell in battle.
Arch structures were developed during the Roman Renaissance to manifest the grandeur of the royal statues. They symbolized the gate to the home, land and kingdom of the victorious warrior, who would enter to receive the admiration of his subjects.
Napoleon Bonaparte started the Arc de Triomphe project in 1805, after the Battle of Austerlitz, where legend has it that he made the following promise to his men: "You will return home through triumphal arches". Jean Chalgrin and Jean Arnaud Raymon were chosen to manifest Napoleon's arrogance. They drew inspiration from the Arch of Titus in Rome and the dream of imperial power that Napoleon wished to express. It took thirty years to build the monument and it was unveiled during the reign of Louis Philippe I, who dedicated it to the armies of the Revolution and Empire. Bonaparte had died fifteen years before this, defeated and abandoned. From the moment it was unveiled, it became a symbol of the power and freedom transmitted by France.
From the viewpoint at the top you will see the Champs-Élysées stretching out beneath your feet, with the Place de la Concorde at the end, as well as 11 other large avenues that intersect with beautiful tree-lined avenues, which are home to the most elegant accommodation in Paris. This exclusive area is rich in history and tradition and is where you can find the best apartments for your stay in the City of Light.
Like all monuments, it has stories to tell. It is said that one of Adolf Hitler's great dreams was to pass through the Arc de Triomphe in a blaze of glory. An admirer of Napoleon Bonaparte, Hitler's troops entered Paris via the Arc de Triomphe in June 1940 and raised the Nazi flag on the uppermost part of the monument, to show the world their military might. In 1945, the liberation of France and the surrender of the Nazis were celebrated at the monument. This has continued until the present day.
On Place de Charles de Gaulle you can see lots of visitors admiring this magnificent monument and paying homage to those that gave their lives for France in the First World War, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Its splendor has made it into a well-loved movie location. Arch of Triumph was filmed in 1948, starring Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer. Even though the film was not as successful as expected, years later, in 1984, a new version was made starring Anthony Hopkins.
Practical tip: If you are travelling by car, please note that the cars driving around the Arc de Triomphe must give way to cars entering the roundabout.
Art Nouveau, marble staircases, convex balconies, vintage furniture and the Champs-Élysées reminding us of the taste of freedom. Accommodation close to the Arc de Triomphe in luxury 4 and 5-star hotels offers all this and more, but at prices that not everyone can afford. If you are really looking to stay close to the Arc de Triomphe but you cannot afford to pay these prices you can look for more modest 1 or 2-star hotels that are not as ostentatious, or for studios, hostels or guesthouses. If you are a more practical type and you need your independence, there are equipped apartments available to rent at the best prices on the market. Apartments close to the Arc de Triomphe are normally very expensive but, if you move away from the area a little bit, you can find apartments that are more reasonably priced. They are also very well equipped to make your stay as pleasant as possible. Apartments are an increasingly popular option and are outstripping traditional types of accommodation, due to the prices, flexibility and independence they offer.
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Charles de Gaulle Airport is 23 kilometers away from Paris. To get to Place Étoile or Porte Maillot, in the Arc de Triomphe area, take the Air France shuttle bus line 2 which will take you there directly. It leaves every 15 minutes and the journey takes around 45 minutes. It costs €12 for an adult ticket and €6 for a child ticket. The No.350 public bus service goes to Gare de l'Est. The journey can cost over €50 by taxi and you will be charged €1 per piece of luggage. When travelling by taxi everything depends on the traffic. There are car rental offices at the counters in the airport terminal if you wish to travel around the city at a different pace.