Champs Elysees History : A very famous avenue not to be missed when visiting Paris - Here is the history of its monuments : Arch of Triumph and Concorde

Here are the places to see on the Champs Elysees : Arch of Triumph that was build to honour Napoleon's soldiers, the avenue in itself for its shopping outlets and of course the Place de la Concorde with the Obelisk that once marked the entrance of the Luxor temple. A great place to see in Paris.

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History of the Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris

The Champs Elysees is the most visited street of Paris ... The large Avenue spread from the Place de la Concorde to the Arch of Triumph. Originally fields and market gardens the place was transformed in 1616, when Marie de Medici decided to extend the garden axis of the Palais des Tuileries with an avenue of trees - There is much to be seen along the avenue and it may take from 1 to 4 hours to walk the 2km line depending on your interest for history or shopping - The most famous luxury brands have outlets there. At the end The Arch of Triumph definitely worth a visit...

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Champs Elysees Key dates
1616 : Marie de Medici decided to extend the garden axis of the Palais des Tuileries.
1724 : Garden axis and avenue were connected and extended, leading beyond the Place de l'Étoile - Place of the Arch of Triumph today.
1755 : The Place de la Concorde is designed to honor the King (Louis XV)
1806 : After Austerlitz victory The Arch of Triumph is commissioned by Napoleon - The monument was finished by 1833.
1828 : The Champs Elysees itself became city property.

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History of the Champs Elysees - Place de la Concorde and Arch of Triumph

The Arch of Triumph honours those who fought for France, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars, and today also includes the tomb of the unknown soldier. It was commissioned in 1806 after the victory at Austerlitz by Emperor Napoleon I at the peak of his fortunes - The monument was designed by Jean Chalgrin in 1806. The Arch stands over 51 meters (165 ft) in height and is 45 meters wide. It is the second largest triumphal arch in existence. The Place de la Concorde : Originally designed to honor the King Louis XV it was renamed during French Revolution the square Place de La Revolution. The square soon became the forefront of public execution and saw many famous dignitaries, such as Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and Danton, fall victim to the macabre enterprise. After the Revolution it was officially dubbed the Place de la Concorde. More about the Place de la Concorde