From the city's second landmark, Napoleon's Arc de Triomphe, one has an overview of the Champs-Elysées and eleven other avenues.
The 50 m high landmark whose design by Jean François Chalgrin was inspired by the ancients, stands on the impressive line of sight between the small arch of the Louvre and the great arch of La Défense. After Napoleon commissioned its erection in 1806, in honour of his "Great Army" and his victory at the Battle of Austerlitz, its completion took 30 years. Beneath the arch, which is ornamented with the important reliefs such as "La Marseillaise", you can see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the starting point of the military parades on 14 July. An underground passage close to the metro station on Place Charles de Gaulle-Étoile goes past a small museum covering the history of the Arc de Triomphe, and gives access to the viewing platform. Be sure to take in this view: it's phenomenal, especially since no fewer than a dozen avenues converge here in the shape of a star.