La Defense district

la defense district business area outside paris

The Business district was named after a statue by Louis Ernest Barrias. Its skyscrapers are visible from Paris and they are a good example of the evolution of modern architecture during the last sixty decades. A marble arch was built in 1989, under president François Mitterrand, on the central part of the historical axis. Mainly pedestrianised, it is a very peaceful area where the largest collection of contemporary open-air artworks in the world can be admired. Works from reknowned artists like Calder, Miro, Cesar, Takis and a lot more. A guided tour will bring you through the labyrinth of towers.

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Statue from Miro at la Defense

General information

Walking tour around la Défense district for approximately 1h30-2h.

la defense business district outside paris with the grand arch at night

The highlights

The guided tour is a good opportunity to get a better understanding of the architecture of the district and its former projects and to enlighten its several artworks.

My favorite walking tours

Join me on one of my favourite walking tours around the Marais quarter and its amazing old mansions. The Place des Vosges is undoubtedly the most magnificent square of Paris to me.

The arcades with its old fashioned shops and architecture dating back to the 19th century show reminiscence of French writers like Maupassant, Proust or Colette.