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La DefenseFrance

A business district and home to striking modern buildings, a world away from the traditional image of Paris.

Outside of the city's 20 arrondissements (districts) and about half an hour from the city centre by Metro, La Défense is a bustling 31 hectare area renowned for its captivating modern design.

The iconic symbol of this part of the city is the cube-like Grand Arche, designed as a modern vision of the Arc de Triomphe, reaching 109 metres tall and 107 metres wide – large enough to fit the Notre Dame cathedral. Come here at night and the glass and marble structure will be beautifully illuminated. The viewing platform however has been closed to the public in recent years.

Here you'll also find the Les Quatre Temps shopping mall, the largest in continental Europe with almost 186,000 square meters of retail space. Packed with well-known stores and brands as well as hundreds of restaurants and a huge cinema, it is a popular destination. You can also make the most of the fresh air on ‘Le Dome’, an outdoor terrace, which has more great places to eat.

The district takes its name from the bronze statue 'La Défense de Paris', built by Louis Ernest Barrias back in 1883 to commemorate the servicemen who fought for their country in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. You’ll find this statue situated beside a pedestrianized strip close to the colourful Agam fountain. Set against the backdrop of the futuristic buildings, the statue is a captivating sight well worth seeing up close.

You’ll also find more recent works. Among them are Cesar's towering 'La Pouce' (The Thumb), and Calder's stunning 'Le Grand Stabile Rouge' (The Red Spider), alongside Miró's colourful 'Deux Personnages Fantastiques' (Two Fantastic Characters), which can be found outside Les Quatre Temps.

Situated on the outskirts of Paris to the west of the city, La Défense is accessible by all major bus and metro routes, as well as by train. It takes about half an hour to drive here from the heart of the city and there’s plenty of street parking available.

Top hotels in La Defense

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Fraser Suites Harmonie Paris La Défense
Fraser Suites Harmonie Paris La Défense
5 out of 5
6 Boulevard De Neuilly, Courbevoie, Hauts-de-Seine
The price is Rs11,315 per night

Located in Gambetta, this luxury residence is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Champs-Elysees and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Arc de Triomphe. Eiffel Tower and Palais Garnier are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (472 reviews)

"Very comfortable stay. Mini apartment with everything you need. Metro super conveniently located."…"

Reviewed on 3 Feb 2020

Fraser Suites Harmonie Paris La Défense
Novotel Paris Suresnes Longchamp
Novotel Paris Suresnes Longchamp
4 out of 5
7 Rue Du Port Aux Vins, Suresnes, Hauts-de-Seine
The price is Rs4,656 per night

Located in the heart of Suresnes, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Bois de Boulogne, Parc des Princes and Stade Roland Garros. Paris La Défense Arena and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (447 reviews)

"Space was comfortable. Great breakfast buffet. Kids and I really enjoyed our stay there. Also close to bus stop. Would recommend it."…"

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2020

Novotel Paris Suresnes Longchamp
CitizenM Paris la Défense
CitizenM Paris la Défense
4 out of 5
194 Jardin de l Arche, Nanterre, Hauts-de-Seine
The price is Rs6,040 per night

Located in Parc-Nord, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Paris La Défense Arena and Grande Arche. CNIT Convention Center and Palais des Congres de Paris ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (760 reviews)

"Great experience! Staff are extremely friendly. Uri at the cafeteria was very helpful and friendly to me when I work late at the lobby. Will definitely choose citizenM again."…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2020

CitizenM Paris la Défense

Popular places to visit in La Defense

Grande Arche
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Grande Arche

3.5/5(6 reviews)

Find out about the history of Puteaux with a stop at Grande Arche. Make time for the notable monuments and local tours in this vibrant area.

Eiffel Tower
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Eiffel Tower

4.5/5(1,466 reviews)

This iconic landmark is the image that comes to mind whenever the city of Paris is mentioned.

Louvre Museum
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Louvre Museum

4.5/5(1,042 reviews)

With its iconic glass pyramid, this Parisian landmark is one of the world's most significant artistic centres.

Arc de Triomphe
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Arc de Triomphe

4.5/5(1,233 reviews)

Climb to the top of this grand historic monument for a spectacular view over the beating heart of Paris.

La Machine du Moulin Rouge
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La Machine du Moulin Rouge

4/5(395 reviews)

Whether you fell in love with the film or are a fan of the iconic architecture, don’t miss one of the greatest stage shows and most well-known landmarks in Paris.

Notre-Dame
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Notre-Dame

4/5(1,164 reviews)

A famous work of French gothic architecture, which is a renowned place of worship and rich in religious and artistic heritage.

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