12/50.- 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 ...

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