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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 your La Defense visit and explore what else you can see and do in Paris using our Paris trip itinerary maker.
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  • A lots of piece of Art everywhere on the "parvis de la Défense". Try to find "The big Thumb" for example :)  more »
  • Moved to La Defense (Defense), sector believe that financial City, can be performed with the meter, you can see skyscrapers and large constructions with futuristic air, here is the modern Arc de Triomphe, which is in perfect line with the original Arc de Triomphe, a very high place and the arch and the Eiffel Tower in a way where you can see PAris, shown incredible I think that it's worth a ride out there.
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  • Top view of Paris, nice modern new district of Paris. Very easy to reach by Metro.
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  • You can buy whatever you want. Cheap place and nice. They do so exhibition for small shops amazing.
  • Very impressive piece of architecture, the concrete roof is the main attraction there. Inside it there are plenty of shops for all needs and places to eat with a wide range of budgets along fast services specially at noon since lots of corporate buildings are nearby.
  • Its a cool place , you have some shops and place to sit , with charging points , free WiFi and lot of space to move around , on Saturday mornings they have some activity in the open space. It's huge , you can always walk around and sit in a small bar inside
  • Very nice place for shopping or to have a nice meal during the day. I like the place because the of the huge volume, the beautiful construction and the way it was changed to a commercial mall. It has an easy access from the metro, RER or the trains. Some of the security guards on Tue doors are quite rude. I don't understand why they have to look in small women purses or to search in details in personal items.
  • Outstanding initial architecture - one of the landmark buildings of La Défense business district - but just a fairly basic mall inside.