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Grand Arche Grande Arche

The 'Arche de la Défense' project was initiated by the French President Francois Mitterand. This structure which is also called the 'Grande Arche', was designed by Danish architect Otto Van Spreckelsen in 1989. This was erected on occasion of the 200th anniversary of the 1789 French revolution.

The Grande Arche is a 106m high white coloured, cube shaped building. At the outer sides are a few offices accomodated and the middle part is left vacant. The Grande Arche's structure is made of glass and marble.

This structure is situated at the Place de la Defense business district which also has many skyscrapers, towers and apartments. It is on axis with the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees and is diagonally opposite the Place de la Concorde. The top floor offers the beautiful panoramic view of the city. The 'Grande Arche' reflects modern Paris.

La Défense

Métro : Arche de la Défense

Opening hours
Daily 9 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.

Entrance fees to the roof with panoramic lift
Standard : 40 FF / 6.10 euros


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