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Champs Elysees Information
Champs Elysées Avenue is regarded as the most beautiful avenue in the world, and it is situated in the 8th arrondissement of Paris.
Avenue des Champs Elysées is 1.9km long beginning at Place de la Concorde and finishing at Place Charles de Gaulle (previously known as Place de l’Etoile) situated on the Chaillot hill, on which stands the famous Arc de Triomphe.
The avenue is one of the major tourist attractions, having numerous parks and gardens along the lower half, whereas high-class shops line the upper section, cabarets -such as The Lido, theatres and well-known restaurants.
Near the Place de la Concorde, the street is surrounded by the Jardins des Champs-Elysées, beautifully designed gardens with fountains and some historical buildings including the Grand and Petit Palais at the southern side and the Elysée at its northern side. The latter has been the residence of the French Presidents since 1873.
In the 16th century this area was nothing but fields outside the center of Paris it was designed in the 17th century in order to extend the view from the Tuileries palace towards the Château de Saint-Germain, which was the home at
the time of Louis XIV.
At the beginning of the 19th century the city of Paris acquired the Avenue des Champs Elysées and it was at this time that the first pavements and the fountains were installed.
In 1836, Jacques-Ignace Hittorf designed the roundabout, fountains and gardens situated between the Rond-Point and Place de la Concorde. The improvements to the Avenue des Champs Elysées During the 19th century led to considerable expansion to the west of Paris.
The Champs-Elysées is used for all the major celebrations. This is the place where Parisians celebrate New Year's Eve and where the military parades are held. Historic national events, like the Liberation at the end of the Second World War or the victory in the World Cup football were also celebrated on this wide avenue.