Friday, July 3, 2009

Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees

The Champs Elysees is the most famous boulevard in Paris and the Arc de Triomphe dominates one end of it. The massive Arc is one of the most famous monuments in the world. It is free to go to the top with a Paris Museum Pass. From the top of the Arc you can get some of the best views of Paris. The Arc de Triomphe was originally commissioned by Napoleon to commemorate his victory at the Battle of Austerlitz. The Champs Elysees is the busiest street in Paris and it also has some of the most famous, and pricey, shops in the city. The Arc de Triomphe is on one end of Champs Elysees, but on the other end is the Place de la Concorde. There is a large obelisk at the Place de la Concorde commemorating all the 2,780 people who were killed at this exact spot on the guillotine. The obelisk is 3,300 years old and comes from the entrance to Rameses II's temple of Amon in Egypt.

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