Built directly in line with its famous counterpart, Le Arc de Triomphe, La Grande Arche in La Defense, the Parisian business district is a sight to be seen. I still can't get my head around how enormous it is! There are 2 flights of stairs leading up to it, and the people sitting on the stairs to eat lunch ( a popular lunchtime spot) look like ants in comparison. Also, La Grande Arche isn't empty - as you can see the interior faces are made up of windows - it is full of offices. It's a great area to see modern Paris and is surrounded by at least 3 large shopping centres that I'm aware of. If you walk around the area, it actually is quite pretty also, different from the typical "old Paris"
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La Grande Arche de La Defense
It might look like it is not in Paris (modern architecture style) but this building is a touristic attraction in the business district of La Défense.
La Grande Arche was designed by two Danish engineers and was completed in July 1989.
The Arche is in the approximate shape of a cube and has been suggested that the structure looks like a hypercube projected onto the three-dimensional world.
The Arche is placed so that it forms a secondary axe (axis) with the two highest buildings in Paris, the Tour Eiffel and the Tour Montparnasse.
The area of La Defense is mostly a business area and government offices. It is quite touristy area, mostly on the weekends. There is a shopping mall next by and teenagers use the flat surface around for skate boarding