Visit the Arc de Triomphe in Montpellier: tickets, prices, opening hours

Visiter l'Arc de Tromphe de Montpellier : billets, tarifs, horaires

Visiting the capital of Languedoc-Roussillon? Visit Montpellier’s Arc de Triomphe, a listed historic monument!

Direction Montpellier, in the Occitanie region! This gentle southern city, close to the Mediterranean, is France’s seventh-largest city, with over 280,000 inhabitants. A university town and a major medical and scientific center, Montpellier attracts visitors with its ideal location in the south of France, its Mediterranean climate and its relaxed lifestyle.

It’s also a city full of charm, with a strong medieval imprint, which you’ll find as you stroll through the narrow streets of the historic center. The Place de la Comédie, the fabulous Musée Fabre, the Saint-Roch district or the Faculty of Medicine and its incredible anatomy conservatory… There’s so much to discover during your stay! Montpellier is also less than twenty minutes from the sea, and boasts an incredible wine-growing heritage and local produce.

One of the city’s must-see attractions, the Arc de Triomphe stands proudly at the gateway to the historic center. A symbol of royal power, it faces the equally famous Peyrou. Accessible to the general public, you can climb to the top of the Arc Triomphe: a lookout point with a breathtaking view! Here’s everything you need to know about visiting Montpellier’s Arc de Triomphe.

History of the Arc de Triomphe in Montpellier

Historie de l'Arc de Triomphe de Montpellier

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Built in 1691, Montpellier’s Arc de Triomphe is a gateway designed by architect François II d’Orbay, at the request of King Louis XIV. At the time, Louis XIV wanted a monument dedicated to his glory and his forty years of battles to preserve the land. A tribute he wished to be installed opposite the Place Royale, now known as the « Promenade du Peyrou », one of the highest points of the city. one of the city’s highest points. A phrase engraved in Latin on the Arc de Triomphe still bears witness to this historic gesture:  » Ludovico magno LXXII annos regnante dissociatis repressis conciliatis gentibus quatuor decennali bello conjuratis pax terra marique parta 1715 « , which translates as « Louis the Great, whose reign lasted seventy-two years, brought peace on land and sea after separating, containing and attaching himself to allied peoples in a forty-year war ».

Inspired by the Porte Saint Martin in Paris, Montpellier’s Arc de Triomphe was originally part of the city’s fortifications. Integrated into Montpellier’s ramparts and equipped with a drawbridge, the Arc de Triomphe allowed visitors to cross the defensive moat surrounding the ramparts.

This magnificent fifteen-metre-high, eighteen-metre-wide structure, with its seven-metre-high opening, was listed as a historic monument in 1954. Renovated in 2003, it now forms part of the architectural ensemble of the Promenade du Peyrou, adding a symbol to the city.

What to see and do at Montpellier’s Arc de Triomphe?

Que voir et faire à l'Arc de Triomphe de Montpellier ?

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To visit Montpellier’s Arc de Triomphe is to climb a must-see that promises breathtaking views. As a first step, we recommend that you contact the city’s Office de Tourisme, which offers guided tours. With or without

(including other monuments and places of interest), you can wander the streets of the Écusson with a guide who will tell you all about its history.

Once you’ve reached the Arc de Triomphe, it’s up to you to climb the 88 steps to the top! The reward is a breathtaking view of the city, with the Mediterranean Sea and the Pic Saint-Loup in the background.

Avenue Foch

Located at the very end of one of Montpellier’s prettiest avenues, Avenue Foch, the Arc de Triomphe dominates the city. As you stroll along the bourgeois Avenue Foch, you can admire the beautiful Haussmann-style buildings or window-shop in the chic stores that line it. The perspective, with the Arc de Triomphe in the background, is what sets this avenue apart, and makes for a great photo opportunity!

The architecture

  • The four medallions sculpted by Philippe Bertrand, celebrating the highlights of Louis XIV’s reign
  • The building’s ochre and yellow hue
  • The royal blue coat of arms of France at the top
  • The Latin inscription engraved on each face
  • The marble plaques beneath the medallion with their inscriptions have been restored to their original condition since the renovation.

The point of view

After climbing a spiral staircase of some 90 steps, you’ll reach the top of the building, where you’ll find a terrace offering a breathtaking 360° view of the city.

In the foreground, the Palais de Justice, Avenue Foch and the bell tower of Sainte Anne church. Here, too, the perfect alignment of the Promenade du Peyrou, the Royal statue, the Château d’Eau and its basin, and theAqueduc des Arceaux in its extension. In the background, you can see the sea, the majestic Pic Saint Loup and the surrounding vineyards. You can also see the Aigoual to the north!

The Promenade du Peyrou

Also known as the Place Royale du Peyrou, the Promenade du Peyrou is a large park housing monuments and statues such as the bridge leading to the statue of Louis XIV, the Château d’Eau and theSaint-Clément aqueduct. Situated just opposite the Arc de Triomphe, all you have to do to enter is pass through the superb forged gates. The majestic Statue of Louis XIV then welcomes you into its garden, inviting you to continue your stroll to the Château d’Eau and its pool.

How do I get to the Arc de Triomphe in Montpellier?

There are several ways to get to the Arc de Triomphe de Montpellier, located at 1, Rue Foch, 34000 Montpellier.

By tramway

  • Line 4: Peyrou – Arc de Triomphe stop
  • Lines 1 and 2 (to get to the Tourist Office): Comédie stop

By car

  • Take theA9 freeway, follow signs for Montpellier (A709)
  • Take exit no. 29 (Montpellier Est), follow signs for « center historique ».
  • Parking Corum/Comédie or Polygone (underground parking lot) or parking des Arceaux(open-air parking lot)

By train

The Saint Roch train station is a 15-minute walk from the Arc de Triomphe.

Montpellier Arc de Triomphe opening times and prices

Horaires et tarifs de l'Arc de Triomphe de Montpellier

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The Arc de Triomphe can be seen all year round, at any time of the day or night. However, if you wish to climb it, you’ll need to opt for a guided tour of the city. Go to the Tourist Office! In particular, you can obtain the Montpellier City Pass directly online: it gives you access to museums, historic sites and other must-sees with a single pass.

The Tourist Office offers two options for visiting the historic center:

The Essential Loop (2h ): visit the Arc de Triomphe, the courtyard of a private mansion and the mikveh (Jewish ritual bath).

La Grande Boucle » (3h ): visit of emblematic sites (Arc de Triomphe, courtyard of a private mansion, mikveh), followed by a tour of the cathedral district.

SCHEDULES

  • « Essential Loop: afternoons from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • « La Grande Boucle « : mornings from 10am to 1pm.

RATES

Essential loop

  • Full price: €11
  • Reduced rate (students, over-65s, unemployed, disability card holders and Pass Métropole holders): €9
  • Free for children under 18

The Great Loop

  • Full price: €13
  • Reduced rate: 11€
  • Free for children under 18

You can buy your ticket in advance directly from the Tourist Office website.

GOOD TO KNOW

– In the event ofcancellation, a refund is possible up to 24 hours before the tour begins.

– Online ticket sales are open until one hour before the visit.

– People with reduced mobility cannot visit the Arc de Triomphe, as the building has no elevator.

– Numerous restaurants are located not far from the building, notably on the pleasant Place Jean Jaurès, at the end of Avenue Foch.