Commissioned by Napoleon in 1806, the Arc de Triomphe was inaugurated in 1836 to honour those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. The names of all French victories and generals are inscribed on the Arc's inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault also lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. The Arc's architect Jean-François Chalgrin was inspired by the Roman Arch of Titus in a single arch, but went beyond it by exceptional dimensions (about 50 m high, 45 m long and 22 m wide) and abandoning columns.
Lcoated at the western end of the Champs-Élysées at the centre of Place Charles de Gaulle, this impressive monument is one of the top attractions in Paris. The panoramic terrace on the top of the Arc provides a unique viewpoint sweeping over the whole of Paris.