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La Defense, Paris

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La Defense is the site of the Grande Arche, one of Paris' most modern and imposing landmarks, situated at the western end of the grand axis formed by the Champs-Elysées, the Place de la Concorde, and the Arc de Triomphe. This modern high-rise business district of Paris is a purpose-built: In the 1960s, Charles de Gaulle led an effort to concentrate skyscrapers in a single business district, rather than alter the character of downtown Paris with large commercial buildings. You'll find the district at the start of the western outskirts of the city, beyond the last Parisian loop of the river Seine. Plan to see La Defense and other attractions that appeal to you using our Paris trip planner .
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  • October 5, 2017
    I visited la defence twice this week. I find it well organised with clear directions to find something or a place. It is really big, beautiful and a nice place to go around. I would spend about 3-4 ho...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    This is where Paris chose to build its modern business center, so it is a French version of a big office park, full of modern sky scrapers. Some of the architecture is interesting, some not so much. B...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Something like our Moscow city. It is worth to get here and take a walk. Interesting buildings, the shape is very unusual. There is a large shopping centre.
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