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    Posted August 11, 2012 by
    Athens, Greece
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    The View from the Arc de Triomphe


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     On a five day vacation to the city of lights, meelah101 says her trip to Paris was one of the most memorable trips she has taken so far. "I was fortunate to see some of the must-see places in the city and one of them was the Arc de Triomphe. We took the lift to reach the top of the Arc and as I stood near one of the telescopes, I could almost see the whole of Paris," she says. "It was such a marvel of urban planning. It's surely a sight to behold! I hope I will be able to return to see other scenic spots not only of Paris, but other cities of France." The first photo was featured as CNN's Travel Photo of the Day for March 4, 2014.
    - Anika3, CNN iReport producer

    The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It was built in honor of the men who fought in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. It stands 50 meters tall and it is 45 meters wide. It is 22 meters deep and beneath the arc is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of World War II.

    The top of the Arc can be reached after climbing about 284 steps. We hesitated climbing because we thought we couldn't do it.Fortunately, there was a lift for the seniors, differently able and those who had mobility problems. Well, we fit in one of those categories, so we used the lift, hahaha.

    What impressed me most were the avenues that radiated towards the Arc. The Arc, which stands at the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle was built in such a way that all the 12 avenues seemed to radiate from the Arc. Or, maybe it was the other way around, since the Arc was built between 1806 and 1836.

    And the Eiffel Tower could also be seen from the top!
    Amazing sight, indeed!
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