La Défense is the Business district of Paris.
La Défense is located on the Western side of Paris, on the axe of Champs Elysées Avenue.
You will find in La Défense new buildings and headquarter of famous business companies.
The emblem of La Défense business district is the modern Triumph Arch called "La Grande Arche".
La Grande Arche is located on the 3 Triumphs Arch axe: La Défense Grande Arche, l'Arc de Triomphe, Le Courousel du Louvre.
La Grande Arche is the most modern of those 3 triumphs arches and was built between 1985 and 1989.
But the general area of La Défense was born in the 60'.
Before La Défense buildings, Commercial activity was located, in the historic center of Paris, in the 2nd district of Paris between the Bourse and the Opera.
That's why you have in Paris the "Palais de la Bourse" which mean "stock exchange" in French.
The business district of La Défense founds its name from the victorious soldiers who fought for protecting Paris from the enemy during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870.
To commemorate those brave soldiers, you will see in La Défense district a statue called "La Défense de Paris".
In La Défense Business district you will see:
- La Grande Arche de la Défense
- The view over Paris with the Arc de Triomphe
- The statue of "La Défense de Paris"
- Contemporary and Modern Art items
A preview of La Défense Business District:
How to get to La Défense Business District: Parvis de la Défense, 92800 Puteaux
- M1-RER A La Défense Grande Arche
Tramway: T2 La Défense Grande Arche
Transilien (Urban Train): La Défense Grande Arche Train Station line L and U
Vélib' (City Bike): 22005 Pont de Neuilly
Noctilien (Night Bus): N24-N53 La Défense RER