Standing in the middle of the busy Place Charles de Gaulle (or formerly known as Place de l’Étoile), dividing Paris geometrically into 12 grand avenues, the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile is another famous monument in the city worth visiting.
Historically significant Arc de Triomphe symbolizes honor and pride, as it was elaborately design and decorated to commemorate France victorious battle while remember those who fought and perished particularly during the Napoleonic War.
The list of French victories engraved on the great arches, while the inner facades are engraved with names of military leaders of the French Revolution, the ceiling are decorated with 21 sculpted roses while the outer pillars are decorated with sculptures symbolizing significant moment in France history , though the most poignant representation lies beneath the monument, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of World War l.
At 50meters high, climbing the spiral staircase leading to the top of Arc de Triomphe is a worthy endeavour. Apart from learning more about the history and construction of the grand monument, it is undeniable that the panoramic view on top of Arc de Triomphe is one of the city’s best.
Not only it provides a bird’s eye view of the popular shopping strip of Champs-Élysées, the view at the top of the grand monument is highly recommended for those who seek to have the Eiffel tower as the perfect city backdrop.
It was pouring rain during my visit, access to the viewing deck was suspended for almost an hour and visitors were advise to wait for the rain to subside, once the heavy downpour was over we were permitted entrance to the top.