From the top of the Arc de Triomphe, Paris


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.

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.

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

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

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

 Avenue Kléber and the Eiffel Tower. To the left, the church of St. Pierre de Chaillot (8th arrt):

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

 The Opera Garnier (9th arrt):

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). 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:

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

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



About Author

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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