in La Defense
, a modern business
area west of Paris
. Completed in 1990, this modern skyscraper
rests at the western end of the axis
s that runs through Paris
(with Place de la Concorde
on the eastern end and the Champs Elysees
and Arc de Triomphe
in the middle.) It is 110 meters high; the Notre Dame
cathedral could fit within the arch.
The Grande Arche de La Defense houses several government offices, a small museum, and a panoramic elevator and view. Many military and state ceremonies take place on the parvis in front of the arch. From the top of the front steps on a clear day, one can see down the entire length of the axis of monuments to the obelisk at Concorde and the Ferris wheel at the entrance to the Jardin des Tuileries.