Located in the modern La Défense business district a few kilometers West of Paris, the Grande Arche was built by Danish architect Otto van Spreckelsen in 1989 for the 200th anniversary of the 1789 French revolution.
The project was ending the kilometers long Parisian perspective from the Louvre palace to La Défense through the Tuileries garden, Concorde square, Champs-Elysées and Arc de Triomphe. Its spectacular architecture was a daring technical achievement of those times.
The Grande Arche complements the unique open door museum of contemporary architecture at La Défense.
A beautiful panorama over Paris and the Arc de Triomphe opens from its roof.