Walk in La Defence

A walk to discover the District of the Defense near Paris

An easy walk in the "La Défense" the main district business near Paris. Few people knows that there are many works of art scattered in the neighbourhood. Avoid the visit in the late evening.

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Duration: 2 h.

Start of the walk

Start from metro (M1) station "Esplanade de la défense". If you want to shorten the walk you can directly take the exit "La Défense" station, it is the last station on the line.

The Agam fountain

The Agam fountain
Lovely fountain.

The Museum of La Défense

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The Museum of La Défense
A small free museum that describes the history of the la Défense district.

The defence of Paris - Barrias

The defence of Paris - Barrias
The statue gives its name to the neighbourhood The woman represents the city of Paris with a canon and she protects the French flag. At her feet lies a wounded soldier.

The large red stabile - Alexandre Calder

The large red stabile - Alexandre Calder
A copy of the “Red Spider” exists in Chicago. Its size (15 m) and weight (75t) are impressive. Everyday thousand of people pass by without noticing that it’s a work of art.

Characters - Joan Miro

Characters - Joan Miro
'Another sculpture located on the square. It’s signed Joan Miró. It is very representative of the artist''s work. '

The great Toscano - Mitoraj

The great Toscano - Mitoraj
Another beautiful statue located in the district.

Buildings

Buildings
For those who are not accustomed it is always impressive to end up at the feet of these office buildings. Here the Areva Tower. Many large French companies are present on the square (Total, Société Générale, EDF...)

The CNIT

The CNIT
The CNIT is a shopping center and a conference center. Its particularity is its triangular shape, the building is based on three points.

The thumb - Caesar

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The thumb - Caesar
A monumental thumbs of 12 meters is erected on this place. There are many other versions of this sculpture.

The large arch (Grande Arche)

The large arch (Grande Arche)
This cube of concrete is impressive when you face it. The idea was to create a cube open on the world, a symbol of the hope for the future.

The other side of the ark

The other side of the ark
On this side you can see the suburbs of Paris and another sculpture: Takis light trees.

View over the Defense area

View over the Defense area
The perspective of Paris is impressive, you can see the Arch of triumph, which is exactly in the same axis.

End

To take the metro just enter the mall and follow the directions.

Start of the walk (Google Maps)

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