Standing in the center of Paris' Place Charles de Gaulle is the 49.5 m (162 ft) tall Arc de Triomphe, one of the city's most iconic and impressive landmarks. A monument dedicated to all who have fought for France, this massive memorial is designed in the Roman Neoclassical style, with 4 main sculptures that adorn its north, northwest, south and southeast corners. Illustrious and notorious figures alike have passed underneath its curved gate, including the body of Napoleon, the Nazi army and pilot Charles Godefroy (airplane and all), making a visit here quite literally a walk through history. It might be a bit crowded, and you'll have to search for the subterranean entrances in order to make it to the "island" on which the Arc is located, but for the return on a 15 minute investment you can officially slap your own wrist if you choose to pass it up.
Location:Place Charles de Gaulle, Paris
Note:One of the more notable features of the Arc is its Eternal Flame, burning atop the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (WW I) which is located underneath its vault.