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La Défense

1 Parvis de la Défense q/W La Défense # La Grande Arche: 10am–7pm daily grandearche.com

This skyscraper business district on the western edge of Paris is one of Europe’s largest modern office developments and covers 80 ha (198 acres). It was launched in 1958 to create a new home for leading French and multinational companies. Since then, a major artistic scheme has transformed many of the squares into fascinating open-air museums.

In 1989, one of Paris’s most striking landmarks, La Grande Arche, was added to the complex – an enormous hollow cube large enough to contain Notre-Dame cath-edral. This was designed by Danish architect Otto von Spreckelsen as ...

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