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LA DEFENSE AND THE THUMB
A FASCINATING SECTION OF PARIS IS THE LA DEFENSE !!!!!!! AMAZING BUILDINGS AND ARCHITECT..WHO I BELIEVE WAS Johann Otto von Spreckelsen/?????? MY GREAT MEMORIES WERE THE THUMB AND THE COOL BIG SCREEN SHOWING MOVIES AND THE SPECTACULAR DESIGNS OF THE BUILDINGS. LOVED THAT CAROUSEL!!!!!! La Défense is named for the statue, La Défense de Paris, which was built in 1883 to commemorate the soldiers who had defended Paris during the Franco-Prussian War. The name of the area sometimes causes confusion with visitors, who occasionally assume it is some kind of military zone or establishment
a diferent paris
when you exit the metro station(line 1-la defense) you come across a large area containing numbers of modern & shapely buildings,you have never seen in paris.just turn and see the huge arch(called Grand Arch) in the direction of Champs Elysees street,facing the Charle De Gaulle Etoile.this is the contemporary version of Arch De Triomphe.
there are some shopping malls here for you too!
Le Grand Arch: Modern Paris
Located in the la Defense business district, this 119 meter high arch was built in 1989 as a "20th century Arc de Triomphe", to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution. The Grand Arch is situated so it directly faces the Arc of Triumph. The Defense business district is a modern marvel and really is worth seeing, a stunning 180 degree perspective from old Paris.
La Defense on a sunny day
Today was more or less the end of winter, and it was announced by bright day and sunny with no clouds in the skies, in contrast to the grey skies and cold and windy days just a week before. As if in appreciation all the workers in the la defense area gathered at the grande arche and were sunning themselves during the lunch time. it was quite a sight..
This district presents main center of business in France, with headquarters of great french majorities concerns and main offices of foreign concerns in France. It is shopping except it also, exhibition, amusement and transport center. Several exclusive hotels are placed at its field too. Grande Arche is placed on western end of district on line as prolongation of “Paris historic pivot”, beginning from Louvre and finishing at Triumphal arch. This line presents pivot of district, it is pulled along la Esplanada Défense.
Except offices, habitable buildings and amusement business center, important communication knot is placed in underground of western ends of districts, with final metro station number 1. Station RER, railroad station and bus.
Field is excluded on surface of district from traffic.
The most western point of my trip to Paris is a visit to the biggest business district in Europe called La Défense. It is outside of central Paris, but easily reached by the metro. It's a place that attracted me for its abstract appearance. Clean large office buildings, lots of statues and modern art, and then there is of course this relatively new huge landmark: La Grande Arche!
La Grande Arche marks the end of the "Axe historique" that I mentioned a bit earlier on in my tips. The Axe Historique (or also known as the "grand historic axis", "Voie Triomphale" or "Triumphal Way") is an amazing nine-kilometre long linear route which dominates central and western Paris. This route is consists some of Paris' most famous landmarks like the Louvre with its Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, Jardin des Tuileries, Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triomphe and ends up right her at La Défense with its Grande Arche.
The day was grey, the sun had disappeared and the clouds and an occassional drizzle of rain had taken over. This was not the day and not the weather to visit La Défense. The large office buildings were like huge chameleons, taking on the grey boring colour of the clouds. The sharp contrast between the blue sky and the glittering modern architecture was missing. La Défense was missing the sparkle I had hoped for. My camera clicked, but without a smile. It could have been so good, now it was just one big disappointment. La Défense is not the easiest attraction (if you can call it that) in Paris to enjoy. It does need the sun to shine! And you do have to love your modern art and architecture to enjoy this place.
If you follow the Champs Elysees past the Arc de Triomphe, you will finally arrive at La Defense, an ensemble of ultra-modern architecture whose main feature is an unusual office building rising like a giant modern triumphal arch.
One thing I really like about Paris is the way they managed to seperate modern architecture from historical sites. The La Defense area is definetly worth the visit and I would surely like to work here :-)
La Defense was by a Danish architect after he won a competition. It was built to commemorate French soldiers who fought to defend Paris during the Franco-Prussian War. Described as a 300,000 ton 'hollowed-out cub', the structure stands at 110 metres high and 70 metres wide. It is so huge that apparently the entire Notre-Dam cathedral would be able to fit inside the frame.
Within the supporting pillars are many offices of the various ministries. There is also an exhibition hall.
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La défense : Modern Paris
La défense is the modern side of Paris, high builiding with different architecture styles and this make you feel like you are in downtown of an american city .. the area has many shops , cinemas and a big square. La grande Arche is the unique consutruction that may get your attention when you are there, a special architecture, inside there are offices and there is an elevator to go on the top to have an other good view of Paris.
Great views of the city
We took #1 Metro line La Defense late one afternoon. La Defense reminds me of what Walt Disney had in mind when he talked about the experimental prototype community of tomorrow. The center piece of La Defense is the Grand Arch. The two sides of the arch are office towers, with an art gallery and observation deck across the top. What looks like scaffolding going up in the center, is actually the rails that the circular glass elevators run on to take visitors to the top of the arch. It is quite a ride; one man on our assent got in, shut his eyes and asked the operator to let him know when we were at the top. You won’t want to close your eyes the view is breathtaking. The view from the observation gallery back down the Champs Elysees is incredible. If the conditions are perfect you can stand at the top of the Grand Arch at La Defense and look straight down the Champs Elysees to the Louvre. The ultra modern buildings of La Defense frame the view of the historic city of Paris. The Arc de Triomphe clearly marks the beginning of the shopping district that stretches down the Champs Elysees to the obelisk at Place de la Concorde and the modern Farris Wheel that marks the gateway to the Tuileries. The view stretchs for miles in front of you, with the lights of the cars creating a blur of light as far as the eye can see. Take your binoculars with you and enjoy the view.
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View at the Arc de Triomphe from la Defense
La Defense is a new modern part of Paris at the western side of the city. The striking modern architecture of La Defense finds its culmination in the Grand Arche at the end of the Grande Axe Historique of 8KM, which stretches from la Defense to the glass pyramid at the Louvre. The Grande Arche and the two Arcs de Triomphe are all three in one line along this axe.
East of the Grand Arche in the direction of the citycentre is the Parvis, place de la Defense and Esplenada de General de Gaulle. I liked to walk here between the striking modern architecture and the many sculptures and murals of contemporary art, turning the area in a 'musee en plein air' of modern art.
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Take in the view from La Grande Arche
People don't seem to include La Defense in their itinerary when they come to Paris which is a real shame.
There are some great building at La Defense and wonderful architecture.
The view from La Grande Arche is amazing, you can see as far as the Arch de Triomphe on a clear day.
The Grand Arch
Designed as the architectural centerpiece of the sprawling satellite suburb of La Défense, this massive steel-and-masonry arch rises 35 stories (it's tall enough to shelter Notre-Dame beneath). The arch is ringed with a circular avenue patterned after the one around the Arc de Triomphe. It extends the straight line linking the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, avenue de la Grande Armée, and place du Porte Maillot. . An elevator carries you up to an observation platform, where you get a view of the carefully planned geometry of the surrounding streets. This all seems really impressive until you see the nets rigged up along the arch - bits started falling off so they were put in place to capture the bits (keeping unsuspecting tourists safe?)
It's open from 10am to 6pm each day and it'll cost you 7.50€ to go inside and ride to the top.
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The Parisians are very happy & proud of the fact that the only skyscraper situated in the city center is dark-colored Montparnasse & that the actual business center is located a bit outside of it. That way you don't get squashed in a metro or on the stairs & still get a business center not so far away from the city.
You can get a great view from under l'Arch & from there it's a straight line all the way to Arc de Triomphe!
The buildings are all very imposing & it's so nice to see something so unnatural & yet beautiful! :)
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