Paris, La Defense, Grande Arche
Almost out of the limits of the city, the financial district of
Paris has been erected. Already at the beginning of the 20th century
there were plans to build an avenue from the Triumphal Arch as a continuation
of the Champs Elysee Avenue. The original plans were to build big
skyscrapers surrounding this new avenue. The project was initially
not approved, but during the 1960's new skyscrapers were built in
this new 'arronodissement'.
The most impressive building in this area, and one of the most
incredible buildings in the entire world, is the 'Grande Arche'. The
building, designed by the Danish architect Otto van Spreckelsen, is
106 meters high --the entire Notre-Dame Cathedral would fit under
this 20th century Triumphal Arch. As you can see in the photo, there
is a lift to get to the top. From there there is another exceptional
view of Paris.
From under this Arch, you can see the other Arch ...