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Nanterre is a commune in the Hauts-de-Seine department, the western suburbs of Paris. It is located some 11km north-west of the centre of Paris.Nanterre servers as both the capital of the Hauts-de-Seine department and seat of the eponymous arrondissement.The eastern part of Nanterre, bordering the communes of Courbevoie and Puteaux, contains a small part of the La Défense business district of Paris and some of the tallest buildings in the Paris region. Because the headquarters of many major corporations are located in La Défense, the court of Nanterre is well known in the media for the number of high-profile lawsuits and trials that take place in it. The city of Nanterre also includes the Paris West University Nanterre La Défense, one of the largest universities in the Paris region.NameThe name of Nanterre originated before the Roman conquest of Gaul. The Romans recorded the name as Nemetodorum. It is composed of the Celtic word nemeto meaning "shrine" or "sacred place" and the Celtic word duron (neuter) "hard, tough, enduring". The sacred place referred to is supposed to have been a famous shrine that existed in antiquity.Add Nanterre and other destinations to your itinerary using our France online travel planner, and learn about what to see, what to do, and where to stay.
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Giverny and Monet's Garden Small Group Day Trip from Paris BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $146
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