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Champs Elysees: photos, description Avenue des Champs-Elysees)

Champs Elysees - the most famous and de facto main street of Paris. Here are the most expensive and elegant restaurants, there are military parades during national holidays of France flock here millions of tourists from around the world.

The street is not called ancient: before the beginning of the XVII century there was a swamp, where French kings used to hunt ducks. In the second half of the century there appeared the Royal Palace, raised the first house. By the early nineteenth century on the Avenue you could see only half a dozen buildings.

29 Mar 1814, Empress Marie-Louise fled from Paris, which took the troops fight the anti-French coalition. Russian Cossacks staged a camp that is on the Champs Elysees and virtually bankrupted them. In a few years there there were expensive mansions, was laid asphalt, arranged gas lighting.

Champs Elysees drawn due East West from Concorde to the Etoile (Charles de Gaulle), with its enormous arch. The arch was built in 1836 in memory of Napoleon's victory at Austerlitz, it street to achieve greatness. In the era of the urban planning reforms of Baron Haussmann, the architect Hittorf staged on the Champs Elysees magnificent gardens. In the Fields took place the world exhibition of 1844, 1855, 1867, 1900.

The line length of 1915 meters is divided into two segments: the Park and the business. Between the areas of Consent and lies walking Round the Park with a length of 700 meters with beautiful fountains. Then begins the "shopping" part of the Champs-elysées with a sidewalk width of 22 m each. Here are banks, airline offices, luxury cinemas, restaurants and shops. There are very expensive Russian restaurant "Rasputin", is the famous cabaret "Lido", the newspaper "Figaro".

On the Champs Elysees is the residence of the President of France. In these theaters there are world premieres of films featuring stars. The final stage of the famous Cycling race, Le tour de France also finishes here. According to tradition it is here to crowds of Parisians in the days of "national jubilation" - for example, on 12 July 1998, when France won the world Cup, in the Fields gathered more than 3 million people.


  • Location: Champs-Élysées, Paris
  • Nearest metro: Concorde lines M1, M8, M12; "Champs-Élysées" lines M1, M13; "Franklin D. Roosevelt" lines M1, M9; "George V" M1; "Charles de Gaulle - Étoile lines M1, M2, M6.
  • Official website: http://www.champselysees.org