What the view looks like from the top of the Arc de Triomphe?

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Yesterday the weather was blue-perfect in Paris, a fantastic opportunity to get perched onto one of the monuments and terraces to enjoy a splendid view over the city. We decided to wait for the late afternoon to admire one of our favourite views of Paris. From the top of the Arc de Triomphe the view is indeed spectacular.


The Top of the Arc de Triomphe: a 360 degree view of Paris

The Arc de Triomphe is one of the many stages of the Historical Axis of Paris. Last week we discovered the majestic thoroughfare from the windows of the Louvre with a view to the triumphal arch. This time it was the Louvre that we could clearly see (thanks to a good camera lens!) and beyond, the rooftops of the Paris City-Hall, the Saint-Jacques Tower and Notre-Dame.

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Here are a few photos for you to enjoy the view… visit our dedicated page on the Arc de Triomphe for more info.

To the East

From Left to Right: avenue de Friedland, avenue des Champs-Élysées. In the background: the hill of Montmartre and the Louvre:

View from the Arc de Triomphe © French Moments

The view from the Arc de Triomphe © French Moments

The Champs-Élysées, the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre:

The view from the Top of the Arc de Triomphe © French Moments

The Champs-Elysées leading to place de la Concorde © French Moments

Other monuments that can be seen in the background: Centre Pompidou, the St. Jacques Tower, Notre-Dame, Grand-Palais, the Jussieu Tower.

The Champs-Élysées, the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre:

The view from the Top of the Arc de Triomphe © French Moments

The perspective leading to the Louvre © French Moments

Monuments that can be seen in the background: the ferris wheel in the Tuileries Garden (in Summer only), the July Column (Place de la Bastille), the St. Paul-St. Pierre Church in the Marais, the St. Jacques Tower, the rooftops of the Paris City-Hall, the great rock of the Paris Zoo (Bois de Vincennes) and to the right the dome of the Tribunal de Commerce (Île de la Cité).

Traffic on the Champs-Élysées:

The view from the Top of the Arc de Triomphe © French Moments

Traffic on the Champs-Elysées © French Moments

The Grand-Palais and the Notre-Dame cathedral. Can also be seen the little dome of the Institut de France (6th arrt) and the Jussieu Tower (University of Paris):

The view from the Top of the Arc de Triomphe © French Moments

The Grand Palais and Notre-Dame cathédral © French Moments

To the South-East

Avenue Kléber and the Eiffel Tower:

View from Arc de Triomphe 06 © French Moments

The view of the Eiffel Tower and Avenue Kleber © French Moments

The district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the 6th and 7th arrondissements:

The view from the Top of the Arc de Triomphe © French Moments

The view from the Top of the Arc de Triomphe © French Moments

Saint-Sulpice church and Sainte-Clotilde basilica. In the forefront the Quai d’Orsay (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and the golden statues atop the columns of Pont Alexandre III.

The white spire of the American Church (7th arrt), the golden dome of the Invalids (7th arrt), the Montparnasse Tower (15th arrt) and in the foreground the spire of the American cathedral of Paris (8th arrt):

View from Arc de Triomphe 08 © French Moments

The Invalides © French Moments

To the North-East 

The Opera Garnier (9th arrt):

The view from the Top of the Arc de Triomphe © French Moments

Opera Garnier © French Moments

The dome of St. Augustin church (8th arrt), the bell tower of St. Trinité church (9th arrt) and the twin towers of St-Vincent de Paul (10th arrt):

The view from the top of the Arc de Triomphe © French Moments

The view from the top of the Arc de Triomphe © French Moments

Also in the background, beyond the wooded area of Buttes-Chaumont, rises the TV tower of Romainville (141 metre tall)  in the suburb of Les Lilas.

Avenue Hoche leading to the Monceau Park:

View from Arc de Triomphe 11 © French Moments

Parc Monceau, Paris © French Moments

The hill of Montmartre, easily recognisable with the white domes of the Sacré-Cœur basilica:

The view from the top of the Arc de Triomphe © French Moments

The view of the Hill of Montmartre © French Moments

View of Paris through the protection bars of the Arc’s terrace:

The view from the Top of the Arc de Triomphe © French Moments

The view from the Top of the Arc de Triomphe © French Moments


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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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