The Grande Arche de La Défense is a monument located in the district of La Défense, on the western outskirts of the Parisian agglomeration, in the commune of Puteaux (Hauts-de-Seine).

The arch was named for being situated in the modern neighborhood of the western outskirts of Paris, the district of La Défense (so named in memory of the resistance opposed by the French to the Prussian troops in the Franco-Prussian war).

The Grande Arche de la Défense is a 112-meter-tall hollowed-out cube covered in white marble and open in the center, supported by 12 30-foot pillars each.

Made in 1989 by the time of the bicentennial of the French Revolution according to a project by the Danish architect Otto von Spreckelsen, it symbolizes a window open to the world.

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