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Considered one of the most beautiful avenues in the world, the Champs-Elysées runs for more than two kilometers through the 8th district of Paris. At the North end of the avenue is the Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile square with the Arc de Triomphe, a major commemorative symbol of Napoleon's imperial army. At the South end, the Champs-Elysées extends up to the Place de la Concorde, site of the Luxor Obelisk. Originally, the Champs-Elysées was swamp land. It wasn't until the end of the 17th century that the avenue gained the name we know it by today, which refers to the Elysian Fields, a sort of purgatory where pure souls roamed in Greek mythology.
Starting to the Concorde Opera Paris Hotel, the guests can easily walk and discover the Place de la Madeleine, departement store and prestigious hotels to arrive at the Place de la Concorde, the begining of the Avenue. If one continues to walk all the way up to the Arc de Triomphe, they are rewarded from its roof with a superb view of the surrounding districts.
The Avenue des Champs-Elysée serves as the stage for major historic events and exceptional shows, all much appreciated by visitors during their stay in a luxury hotel in Paris. Every year, France's armed forces parade the full length of the avenue to celebrate the national holiday of July 14th. The Champs-Elysées also hosts the finishing stretch of the Tour de France.