La Grand Arche de la Defense is found in the business district of La Defense in the commune of Puteaux, just west of Paris. It is also called the Grand Arche de la Fraternite or simply as La Grand Arche.
The Grande Arche de la Défense or simply Grand Arch is designed as a modern version of the Arc de Triomphe, only dedicated to humanity and humanitarian ideals rather than the military victories the Arc de Triomphe represents. It was designed by a Danish architect, Johann Otto von Spreckelsen, and a Danish engineer, Erik Reitzel. All architectural responsibilities were awarded to Paul Andreu when Spreckelsen resigned in 1986.
The Grande Arche de la Défense does not stand on its own. It is the end of a line of monuments that runs through Paris known as the Axe historique. It also forms a secondary line with the Eiffel Tower and the Tour Montparnasse, the two highest buildings in Paris.
It is approximately a cube with a width of 108m, a height of 110m and a depth of 112m — a massive structure when seen up close. It is angled at 6.33 degrees, an angle that is similar to the angle of the Louvre which forms the other end of the Axe historique. This angle was made necessary as a result of the various public transport systems that run below it. It was the only way that an adequate foundation could be laid. The Grand Arche de la Defense is made from a pre-stressed concrete frame that has been covered in glass and Carrara marble.
The Grand Arche de la Defense is not only a tourist attraction. It additionally houses some government offices on two of its sides.
It is worth noting that it is possible to see the Arc de Triomphe from the Grand Arche de la Defense on a clear day. This is definitely a sight worth seeing if you have the time. You will not be able to access the roof however since access was closed to the public following an accident in the elevators to the roof in April 2010. Despite this, the Grand Arche de la Defense is definitely worth taking a look at.
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Open Now: NoHours This Week:
- Monday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Friday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Saturday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Sunday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Address: 1 Parvis de la Défense, 92044 Puteaux, France
Official Website: Grande Arche de la Défense
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Ratedout of 5
Incredible place. One of the most modern areas of Paris & its suburbs.
joseph sawaya - 23 days ago
such a great contrast to all the old architecture of Paris. Its huge!
Ryan Michael - 1 month ago
I love the way Grand Arche parallels with its historic relative. The space is beautiful - both the Grand Arche itself and the way it sweeps sky and clouds. The art in the surrounding area is part treasure trove treasure hunt.
Natasha Younger - 2 months ago
Amazing architectural set-up. Go up the stairs and look back to the Arch de Triomphe to admire the alignment of the two monuments.
Blai Pié i Valls - 2 months ago
Grand arch. Literally. Would recommend walking this so that you are able to stop and actually look at it. The intersection appears very busy, by vehicle.
Kevin Neufeld - 2 months ago