La Défense: the largest European business district and the culminating point of Paris’s “Axe historique”

In 1958, the French government initiated construction of a futuristic business district at the end of Paris’s “Axe historique.” Also known as the “Voie royale,” this historical axis is a line of monuments starting at the Louvre and stretching ten kilometers westward. The new business district would be built on an elevated concrete plaza to isolate pedestrians from automobile traffic, in accordance with the Athens Charter. It would replace an area inhabited by small factories and shantytowns.

Today known as La Défense, this business district is home to more than 2500 companies and 20,000 residents living in 71 high-rises, as well as approximately sixty contemporary art sculptures.

This itinerary highlights tenets of the Modern movement. It explores the uniqueness of many of the high-rises built and the challenges of strategically integrating La Défense into the Grand Paris urban planning project for the greater Paris metropolitan region.

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    Included in the price: Discover the high-rises of La Défense from the inside, visit Notre-Dame-de-Pentecôte and its nave and go to the top of the Arc de Triomphe.

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