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The Arc De Triomphe Paris National Monument It stands at the middle of the Place Charles de Gaull Read More

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written by Marcus Smith, August 08, 2009
The Arc de Triomphe and Grand Palais were probably my two favorite Paris attractions. I have a really cool photo in front of the Arch with my sister.
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written by Bertzo, July 30, 2011
When I was walking down the Champs-Elysees, and even from Jardin des Tuileries, the Arc De Triopmhe stood tall and impressively against a clear blue sky, it was beautiful! A great way to remember all the French Soliders.
written by Cory, August 30, 2011
Fantastic landmark, but watch out for their 'closing'. We went in at 10pm, with them closing at 11pm, but at 10:15pm they kicked everyone out. The 15 minutes wasn't worth the price of admission.
written by dan, August 30, 2011
I loved the Arc de triomphe in paris. It was a great experience taking the tour.
Haute Couture of Paris and The Arc De Triomphe
written by Paris Traveler , July 05, 2012
Here is an awesome walking tour near the Arc de Triomphe.

Leave the metro by the Champs-Elysees exit and at the traffic light cross the avenue to the odd-number side. Behind you is the Arc de Triomphe, erected 1806-36 to celebrate the Napoleonic Napoleonic armies' victories, and the wide Place Charles-de-Gaulle (formerly and still commonly called Place de l' Etoile), with its 12 symmetrical avenues, designed during teh Second empire.

Facing you is one of the great urban perspectives, all the way down to the Louvre. For a full description of the Champs, the place and the Arc de Triomphe.

Walk down the avenue to Avenue George-V, on your right. On the corner is Fouquet's famous cafe-expensive, but typical wide avenue of the area, bordered by a few smart couturier shops and well known for the Hotel George-V (good bar). At no 23 is the American-Protestant Church of the Holy Trinity. Numbers 13 and 11 are opulent 19th-century houses dressed in Louis-Quine style, now housing the Spanish and Chinese embassies respectively. On the other side, at no 12, is the celebrated Crazy horse cabaret.

Carry on down to Place de l' Alma, where there are couple of good cafes and where painters such as Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) and a little later Edwardo Manet (1832-1883) exhibited their works outside the official circuit. the elegant leafy Avenue Montaigne leads off from the left of the place towards the Rond-Point des Champs-Elysees. the gilded torch near the Guimard metro entrance is an exact of that held by the Statue of Liberty in New York, and was given to the French nation as a Symbol of Franco-American friendship. Pont de l' Alma (1974), nearby, is a rather ugly-looking affair which replaced a stone bridge (1854) commemorating the Franco-British victory over the Russian army at the Alma during the Crimean War (1854-6). In more recent years the Alma tunnel was the scene of the tragic car accident in which Diana, Princess of Wales, died on 30 August 1997.

Le Palais de New York et Tokyo

Turn right from the place into Avenue du President-Wilso.the avenue bears left where Avenue Marceau goes uphill to the right. At no 5 lived Alphonse Bertillon (1853-1914), the police officer who invented bertillonage, a widely used precursor of fingerprinting in which criminals were identified by means of a set of bodily measurements.You can no longer see the Arc de Triomphe Paris in the background at this point.

At no 13 is one of teh three 1930s buildings on the Chaillot hill, the Palais de New York et de Tokyo, now housing the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (as opposed to the Musee Nationale d' Art Moderne at Beaubourg. Built intwo years for the 1937 Exposition Universelle and now completely restored to its original glory, the palais was designed by four little-remembered architects-A. Aubert, D. Dastugue, J.C. Dondel, and P.Viard-who won a competition against 120 other contenders, including Robert Mallet-Stevens (1886-1929)-one of the great French sculptors-dominates this splendid space, now little used except by skateboarders. Under the peristyle are two other allegorical statues (Force and Victory), also by Bourdelle.

The west wing houses the national cinematographic film school, the Cinematheque (the Paris equivalent of London's NFT) and a space for photographic exhibitions.

The Musee d'Art Moderne is in the east wing. Although the architects were Classicist in their overall design, they were Modernist in their use of space, and certainly had studied Le Corbusier: the spaces are superb and a joy to walk through. the first floor is devoted to temporary exhibitions. Downstairs is the small but fascinating permanent collection, representative of contemporary European art, with a strong bias towards French artists. highlights include large canvases by Raoul Dufy (1877-1953)-the Fee Electricite-and by Sonia (1884-1979) and Robert (1885-1914) Delaunay-Rythmes and Tour Eiffel-as well as agood Cubist collection. There is also a room of works by the unjustly neglected Jean Fautrier (1898-1964)-Les Otages0-and other modern paintings by the likes of Pierre Soulages (b1919) and Yves Klein (1928-1962).

Again, this walk just had the Arc de Triomphe in the background, but it's still none the less a nice short walk around some of Paris' lovely attractions.

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