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View from the Montparnasse Tower
Tour Maine-Montparnasse (Maine-Montparnasse Tower), also commonly named Tour Montparnasse, is a 210-metre (689 ft) office skyscraper located in the Montparnasse area of Paris, France. Constructed from 1969 to 1972, it was the tallest skyscraper in France until 2011, when it was surpassed by the 231 m (758 ft) Tour First. As of August 2012, it is the 14th tallest building in the European Union. The tower was designed by architects Eugène Beaudouin, Urbain Cassan and Louis Hoym de Marien and built by Campenon Bernard.
The tower’s simple architecture, large proportions and monolithic appearance have been often criticised for being out of place in Paris’s urban landscape.Two years after its completion, the construction of skyscrapers in the city centre was banned.
It is sometimes said that the view from the top is the most beautiful in Paris, because it is the only place from which the tower itself cannot be seen.
A 2008 poll of editors on Virtualtourist voted the building the second-ugliest building in the world.