Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile.
The Place de l'Etoile is one of the finest sites in Paris. Twelve avenues
radiale round the Arc de Triomphe, which stands in solitary majesty
in the middle of the Place.
The Arc de Triomphe, which shelters the grave of the Unknown Warrior,
is a remembrance of the Napoleonic epic. in 1806, Napoléon gave
instructions for the erection of the Arc de Triomphe, to the glory of
the Soldats de l'Empire (the Imperial Army); designs were submitted
and those of Chalgrin adopted; the monument was completed in 1836.
The place was planned by Haussmann. Designed after the style of Roman
triumphal arches, the Arc de Triomphe is more imposing in its dimensions
(50 metres high and 45 metres wide). The magnificent bas-reliefs were
executed by Cortot, Etex, and particulary Rude, whose « Marseillaise
», is a masterpiece. Lift and stairs to the top. (Pedestrians
subway under the Place de l'Etoile for visitors).
Visit is possible every day, except tuesday, from ten o' clock to six