Châtelet - Les Halles

Nestled in the very heart of Paris, Châtelet - Les Halles is a lively part of the capital with its former wholesale market that's made way for "La Canopée".

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Hôtel de la Place du Louvre invites you to explore the central and lively part of Paris: the Châtelet - Les Halles neighbourhood with its huge underground shopping centre, countless cafés and small squares.

Châtelet

Place du Châtelet is a central Parisian square with Saint – Jacques Tower to the east and Pont au Change Bridge to the north. The so-called "Du Palmier" fountain in the middle of the square celebrates Napoleon I's victories. At the time, the square was home to the Le Grand Châtelet fortress. It is now a major performance venue with two theatres on either side of the square. At n°1, the Théâtre Impérial du Châtelet, now known as Théâtre du Châtelet, stages an eclectic schedule of comedy, ballet, film and musical performances. The theatre was built by Gabriel Davioud upon Baron Haussmann's request. Opposite at n°2 stands the Théâtre de la Ville, by the same architect, which hosts contemporary dance and music shows.

Les Halles neighbourhood

In the 19th century, Napoleon III asked the architect Victor Baltard to build 12 halls out of iron, cast iron and glass to house Les Halles which had been a huge market selling fresh produce in the heart of Paris since the 12th century.  In 1960, Les Halles were knocked down to build Le Forum des Halles, a large shopping centre and access to the Châtelet-Les Halles underground station, the biggest in the world. In 2016, Le Forum des Halles was given a makeover with the La Canopée project. After 5 years of work, the second biggest shopping centre in France opened its roof with 18,000 scales. Behind "La Canopée", the Nelson Mandela garden, in tribute to the great man's death in 2013, has 4 hectares of greenery in central Paris and showcases Saint Eustache Church, one of the capital's most beautiful churches with its Renaissance decor and Gothic structure.

Also near "La Canopée", Square des Innocents and its fountian are where the Parisians like to get together.

Rue des Lombards in the same area and near Hôtel de la Place du Louvre is a lively street. It's famous for its many jazz clubs.

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