The Arc de Triomphe was commissioned by Napoleon shortly after his victory at Austerlitz and completed in 1836. The walls are engraved with the names of victories and generals during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic periods. Beneath the Arch is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and an eternal flame commemorating the dead of the two world wars.
The Arc is best approached along the Champs Elysées. From its roof, there are lovely views of Paris.