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Monument : La Defense
The Grand Axis of Paris began in the Tuileries Gardens in the XVII century and was projected beyond the River Seine in the XXth century, becomig the pedestrian core of a major business district. It runs through the Arc de Triomphe and culminates in the Grand Arche. It is an exercise in classical modernism, embellished with water features and other works of art. Above ground we planted long, linear bosques of pollarded London plane trees on either side of the corridor'. West of the Arche, a decked bridge extends the axis towards St-Germain-en-Laye.
"La Grande Arche"
Six kilometres out from the Arc de Triomphe at the far end of the Voie Triomphale, has put La Défense high on the list of places to which Paris visitors must pay homage. Created by a Danish architect, Johan-Otto von Spreckelson, this hollowed-out cube, 110m (352 ft) high and 70 meters (225 ft) wide, was entitled "La Grande Arche". This monument, dedicated to Fraternity, is built of concrete with a facing of Carrara marble and grey granite. On the esplanade are works by Takis, fountains, luminous signals and statues by Mirò. Various ministries have their offices in the massive supporting pillars, the human rights commission and major corporations have their office there.
Seated up above on the terrace one can admire the impeccable success of its perspective, whose lines can be followed to the Arc de Triomphe, along the Champs Elysees to the obelisk on Place de la Concorde, over the Tuileries gardens to the Louvre's Cour Carrée.
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How to get thereFrom Elysees Union take metro line 1 at Charles de Gaulle Etoile to la Defense in approx 15 minutes
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