With a length of almost two kilometers connecting the Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde, the Champs Elysees (Champs-Élysées) make up the most beautiful and well-known artery of Paris, in addition to one of the most famous avenues in the world.
The history of the Champs Elysees begins in 1640 with the planting of a great alignment of trees in what would later become the avenue. The name of the Champs Elysees comes from Greek mythology and designated a place equivalent to the Christian Paradise.
In 1724 the avenue acquired its current layout and in 1994 was a major remodeling that would greatly improve its appearance. Nowadays it is an important space for shoppers, as well as one of the most beautiful places to walk around the city.
The Champs Elysees are also an important place for cycling, as it is where the goal of the Tour de France is located.
A walk on the Champs Elysees
The avenue is divided into two parts that can be easily differentiated. The lower area of the Champs Elysees, located next to Place de la Concorde, is surrounded by gardens presided over by impressive buildings such as the Palais du Discovery, the Petit Palais and the Grand Palais.
The upper part of the Champs Elysees begins at Place de l'Etoile next to the magnificent Arc de Triomphe and is composed of luxury shops, restaurants, cinemas and some department stores.
At the end of Avenue Champs Elysees, on the opposite side of the Arc de Triomphe are the Avenue de la Gran Armada and the Avenue de Charles de Gaulle which lead to the Great Arch in the modern district of La Defense, one of the Main financial centers of the European Union.
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