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"La Defense" La Défense Tip by Tom_Fields

La Défense, Paris: 71 reviews and 133 photos

  L'Arc de Triomphe de la Defense
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  • L'Arc de Triomphe de la Defense - Paris
      L'Arc de Triomphe de la Defense
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Most people, when they think of Paris, imagine an old European city of classical and Renaissance buildings. But La Defense is a modern complex of high-rise skyscrapers, which would appear quite at home in any new city. The French had the good sense to construct their newer architecture, with a few exceptions, around the rim of the city. No reason to tear up the old city center to build anything new. The name Defense came from the heroic defense of the city from Prussian invaders in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71.

The most outstanding feature of La Defense is the new Arch of Triumph. It's lined up nicely with its better-known cousin on the Champs-Elysees. This new arch also offers a fine view of the city. Danish architect Otto van Spreckelsen designed this 106-meter-tall structure, under President Francois Mitterand.

La Defense provides a sharp contrast with the center of Paris. If you seek a change of scene, something a little different, then visit La Defense.

Address: West Paris.
Directions: On the Right Bank, west of the city center. RER: La Defense.
Phone: +33 1 47 73 54 44

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 15, 2008
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