Arc de Triomphe

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All of Paris from panoramic terrace
The pedestals here are decorated with four allegorical high reliefs by the sculptors Cortot, Etex, and Rude. Facing the Champs-Élysées is Rude’s Le Départ des Volontaires, it is known as 'La Marseillaise.' Inside, at the top of the 234 steps, the sources that inspired the monument are presented on giant screens, as is the history of its construction. The sculptures and friezes, which are hard to see from the ground, can be admired in detail.


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      World's Most Famous Arch
      This world-famous arch stands high at the western end of the Champs-Elysees. The monument has various beautiful allegorial sculptures on its face. Access to the Arc de Triomphe is by way of pedestrian tunnels under the street. There is a viewing platform at the top, accessible by stairs or elevator, that affords an impressive panoramic view of Paris. You can look down the length of the beautiful tree-lined Champs-Elysees to its eastern end at Place de la Concorde.