It’s a new business district in Paris. La Grande Arche is the most spectacular thing here. This building was create by Johan-Otto von Spreckelsen and inaugurated in 1989. It is 112 m high and 70 m wide (as Avenue des Champs Élysées) – the third monumental and beautiful arc in Paris. But the whole area is very interesting too – a different and modern face of Paris. Among the high towers you find lovely and funny fountains, statues, green corners – perfect place for nice walk.
Metro – La Défence – line 1 (you have to buy a ticket valid in this zone of Paris – usually tickets are valid only for the 1st and 2nd zones)
Le Grande, sometimes it's called the new Arc De Triomphe, is a breath-taking post-modern building. It's easy to get to (take the metro and get off at La Defense), and it's not as crowded as other sites in the central Paris.
Another thing that is a little bit off the beaten path is 'La Défense', an business district with the impressive Grand Arche. Travelogue
La défense - with the grand arche, is the modern quarter of Paris city centre. It's a must-see for fans of sterile urban architecture, for school trips or if you simply enjoy contrasts. I'm not sure I really liked it but it's surely interesting: it gives you a glimpse of how an art city can be ruined.
Modern office, shopping and living complex on the outskirts of Paris. It's set on the same road as The Champs Elysee, beyond the Arc De Triomphe - take the Metro.
The most famous building is La Grande Arche, which is fine, but so are many of the other buildings. Many echo the 'Arche' theme, which in itself mirrors the Arc De Triomphe.
La Defense. This is the super-modern business centre of Paris, with some interesting 'New Age' architecture - including the Grande Arche, a business building in form of an arch big enough, you could fit the entire Notre-Dame under it.
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The relatively new commercial center La Defense is not exactly off the beaten path but it is a part of Paris that visitors thirsty for the romance and history of the city might miss. Besides, who wants to visit a downtown style setting on a European tour?
Nevertheless La Defense is worth the train ride out there if only to drink in the view from atop la Grande Arche. You'll be surprised to see that the ever aesthetic French have lined up the Arche with some other very famous Parisian monuments.
One warning. The large open plaza can be very cold and windy in winter.
La Défense, an ultra modern quarter, just out of Paris. This arc is aligned with the more traditional, Arc de Triomphe, so looking from the top you can see all the way to the Concord.
Most people I talk to who have visited Paris say they have never visited the Grande Arche de la Defense. Its cool to see and not a lot of tourists there.
If you don't like skyscrapers take a look at not so tall buidings, some of them look interesting in my opinion.
Don't miss La Defense district while you are in Paris. Discover its skyscrapers, OK - it's not NYC but many of tall buidings look really impressive.
If your sick of the boulevardes of old Paris, try going to La Defense to see some ultra-modern architecture. This area is the new Paris. Thoroughly chic, progressive, forward-looking and modern.
In the new district there's a 'New Age' arch (La Grande Arche de la Défense).
Also the monument for Diana.
La Defence - see above for more details.
These building are apartment blocks. Wow, don't know if I'd like to live there or not! Interesting architecture and decoration.