Grande Arche de la Défense

Landmark in Eiffel Tower & Western Paris

La Défense’s landmark edifice is the marble Grande Arche, a cube-like arch built in the 1980s to house government and business offices. The arch marks the western end of the axe historique (historic axis), though Danish architect Johan-Otto von Sprekelsen deliberately placed the Grande Arche fractionally out of alignment. After several years of renovations, it reopened in 2017, with spectacular views from the rooftop.

Temporary photojournalism exhibits are held in the museum (adult/child €19/11).