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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.
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