La Grande Arche

"A modern Arc de Triomphe, ... [and] a symbol of hope."

Hours of Operation

Lundi: 10:00- 19:00

Mardi: 10:00- 19:00

Mercredi: 10:00- 19:00

Jeudi: 10:00- 19:00

Vendredi: 10:00- 19:00

Samedi: 10:00- 19:00
Dimanche: 10:00- 19:00

What is this giant cube you speak of?


  • La Grande Arche de la Défense is a giant hollow cube located on L'Axe Historique.
  • The concrete structure is 361 feet high and 348 feet wide.
  • The sides are both 19 meters wide, and hold offices and conference rooms.
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Why?

  • Built out of design competition set by President François Mitterrand
  • Danish Architect Johan Otto von Spreckelsen and Danish Engineer Erik Reitzel won.
  • Formed so it has a secondary line with La Tour Eiffel et
  • The project set by the French President also included the completion of La Louvre and the New Opera house.
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Location, location, location!


  • La Grande Arche is built on L'Axe Historique.
  • It is a big line worth of monumental buildings. It Starts with Le Louvre in Central Paris, goes through the Arc de Triomphe on The Champs-Elysées, continues through thingys, has some weird bend on La Seine River, et finally, ends with La Grande Arche.
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L'Axe Historique as seen by the top of La Grande Arche.

Somewhat Fun Facts.


  • 25 years later, La Grande Arche was crumbling.
  • At the end of this year, the top of the roof will be opened again.
  • 288 million dollars to renovate
  • (sike actually its like 209 million now but oops the euro tanked, so 288 million sounded cooler.)

The Real Fun Facts.

  • Inaugurated on the 200th Anniversary of Bastille Day
  • Stands for Humanitarian ideals
  • Non-injury accident ended everyone going to the top of the roof
  • Has computer museum
  • ^^Oops it's closed forever because of the non-injury related accident

*insert speech*

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