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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 to see La Defense and other attractions that appeal to you using our Paris trip planner .
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  • Nothing out of the ordinary for this visit at too high a price. .. There are other places that offer such an interesting view of Paris.....
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  • Go mostly by metro, because this is an automatic version. This is really modern Paris. If you've seen Mr. Bean walk under the arche and start your way to Gare de Lyon, it's very funny that the film doesn't add up when you follow a compass like he did. There should also be no car for the arche, everything is cordoned off. There is also a police station present, which gives you a safe feeling.
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