A sea of high-rise office towers and modern skyscrapers encompassing 1.6 square kilometers at the western tip of the city, La Défense is Paris' purpose-built business district -- a modernist showcase of Paris in the 20th century.

La Défense was developed back in the 1960s by then President Charles de Gaulle, in an effort to minimize the detrimental effect of office blocks taking over downtown Paris. Restricting building heights across the city center, the business district was pushed to the western end of the city’s 10km-long Historical Axis, which stretches between the Louvre, the Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe.

A towering district of glass and steel structures and the largest dedicated business district in Europe, La Défense boasts a number of striking buildings, including the GAN Tower -- Paris' tallest skyscraper at 179 meters -- and one of Europe’s largest shopping malls, Les Quatre Temps. The area’s most famous landmark is the iconic Grande Arche, or Tête Défense, a distinctive modernist building in the shape of a giant, hollow cube - an unmissable marker on the Paris skyline. Designed by Danish architect Otto von Spreckelsen as a 20th century version of the Arc de Triomphe, the white marble Grande Arche stretches 110 meters into the air and features spectacular panoramic views from its terrace observation platform.

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Versailles Helicopter Tour from Paris

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 23 Reviews

Take to the skies above Paris on a helicopter tour to Versailles! Soar over the Seine River, Bois de Boulogne and incredible Versailles Palace before landing ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: Flight: 25min - Total: 1h30

From USD $235.44
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Viator VIP: Eiffel Tower Gourmet 4-Course Dinner with Champagne and Trocadero View Seating, Paris, ... 

Viator VIP: Eiffel Tower Gourmet 4-Course Dinner with Champagne and Trocadero View Seating

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 21 Reviews

Skip the long lines at the Eiffel Tower and ascend right up to the newly spiffed up first floor for a gourmet dinner complete with breathtaking views of Paris. ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $247.26

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