La Grande Arche - Paris' Greatest Granite Arch



Originally called La Grande Arche de la Fraternité, La Grande Arche de la Défense, or simply La Grande Arche, is a monument and building situated just outside of Paris, in the business district of la Défense. It completes the Historical Axis, extending from the Louvre along the Champs-Elysees to the Arche de Triomphe, and guides Paris to the future.


The competition for a “modernized Arche de Triomphe” was won by the Danish architect Johann Otto von Spreckelsen, whose concept was more or less a hollowed, symmetrical cube, designed to be modern version of the