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"The Grande Arche" Grande Arche de la Défense Tip by Pieter11

Grande Arche de la Défense, Paris: 34 reviews and 49 photos

  The Grande Arche
by Pieter11

After the construction of La Défense the people of Paris complained about the large amount of high, concrete buildings and wanted to have a nicer sight from the top of the Arc the Troimphe. From here you can see La Défense very good. The former president Mitterand thought out the solution. He wanted a 20th century Arc de Triomphe as a gateway to La Défense. The idea of a Grande Arche was born.

The Danish designer Otto van Spreckelsen drew a cube-shaped arch with a height of 106 meters. The vertical parts of the arch contain offices. The top floor is a exhibition area, that is accesible by a glass lift. At the top you have a nice view over La Défense and at the centre, that is 4 km´s away.

The Grande Arche is the third Arch in the line, starting in the centre of the Louvre with the Arc de Triomphe du Carroussel, going all the way over the Place de la Concorde and the Champs-Elysées towards the Arc de Triomphe and then over the Rue de la Grande Armée all the way towards La Défense. A straight line of more then 7 kilometres.

Address: La Défense
Directions: At Tunnel de Nanterre-La Défense.
Phone: +33 1 49 07 27 27

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 5, 2005
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