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Old March 21st, 2011, 06:55 PM   #141
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PART XII
La Défense

Well we have to come to the final part of my Paris 2010 collection, and I'll be ending it in a decidely un-Parisian area - La Défense. This place would look fantastic in sunny weather but unfortunately we came in a rather grey period of Paris' spring weather. Nevertheless, it feels miles apart from the heart of Paris.

It is a major business district in Paris, sitting at the city's westernmost point of the 10km historical axis. Around the 110m high Grande Arche, perhaps the pinnacle of La Défense, stand some of Paris's highest skyscrapers. La Défense is seen as comparable to Canary Wharf in London: both are spaces where "statements of corporate ambition can be made", without thereby encroaching on the historical quarters of the city.

La Défense is named after the iconic statue La Défense de Paris, which was erected in 1883 to commemorate the soldiers who had defended Paris during the Franco-Prussian War. The name of the area sometimes causes confusion with visitors, who occasionally assume it is some kind of military zone or establishment. Of course, if you know Paris well, you know that is not true, and this place is worldly famous!

For more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Defense

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Old July 16th, 2012, 04:40 PM   #142
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Old January 11th, 2013, 05:49 PM   #143
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As always, the pictures are perfect.
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Old January 31st, 2013, 05:10 PM   #144
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merci for your beautiful thread, do you have more pictures of la Défense ?
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very pleasant images of modern architecture.
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