The Avenue des Champs-Élysées has also become a symbol of Paris. "The most beautiful avenue in the world" is not only a street of shops and entertainment facilities, where one chic boutique is followed by another one. A part of the Champs Elysees that leads to Place de la Concorde is surrounded by green squares, in which you will find museums, theaters and restaurants.
Arc de Triomphe.
The opposite part of the Champs-Elysees ends at the Arc de Triomphe , the construction of which was started in 1806 by order of Napoleon. This way Napoleon wanted to honor the victorious French army. However, Napoleon didn’t see the finished monument (1836). In 1920, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was laid at the foot of the arch. The whole complex is 50m high and 45m wide. The outer side of the arch is decorated with huge sculptures and friezes that display start, victory and a triumphant return of the army. The inner side of the church contains names of generals and battles. The observation deck of the arc features a stunningly beautiful view of the city. By the way, pedestrians are prohibited to cross Etoile Square, in the center of which stands the Arc de Triomphe.
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