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La Defense, Paris

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#132 of 2,919 in Things to do in Paris
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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  • Well, worth a visit and only because is clearly Paris modern/shopping/business district which embraces art big time and has easy access by metro. Smaller or bigger pieces jump out, here and there...  more »
  • Ok so after a few days walking the streets of old Paris you come to find many of the same chain outlets about and those that are not chain were going to blow my whole trip budget for a single coat...  more »

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