Wednesday, 18 November 2009

La Défense

I bought this card myself in 1992, for my son who was doing a project on the Grande Arche de la Défense, pictured on the card.  It has never been through the mail.

La Défense is one of the main business districts for Paris.  It surrounds the central area shown on the card and contains some very impressive modern architecture.  The Arche itself is very interesting:

  • It is directly in line with the Arc de Triomphe and the Arc du Carrousel.
  • The canopy that you can see suspended within the arch represents clouds.
  • There is a viewing and information area right at the top.
  • The sides are occupied by government offices.
  • The whole is offset by 6 degrees to reveal the depth of the cube. (It was known as The Cube at the beginning of the project.)
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  1. Very interesting and modern looking,

  2. Great shot, Sheila! We've been to Paris and were quite impressed by this arch and the fact that it is in line with the Arc de Triomphe! We stayed in a hotel nearby.


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