"Les Halles" Forum Des Halles - Chatelet Tip by Pieter11
Forum Des Halles - Chatelet, Paris: 32 reviews and 61 photos
Writer Emile Zola used to call Les Halles the ?Belly of Paris?. More then 800 years ago, in the 12th century, there was built a fully roofed market hall. Throughout the centuries the market developed into the ultimate centre of food for Paris. In the 19th century the market had become so rich, that Napoleon III decided that it deserved a new, more solid building. Completely like the leading construction style of that moment, the new market halls were made out of iron. A total of 12 halls were built were the salesmen did their work.
After de Second World War the Halles were more and more becoming old fashioned. Not according to their looks, but according to their location and their surface. That why in 1969 the market function was transferred to a new area close to the airport Orly, at the south of Paris. To make a new function possible, the old Halles were broken down in the beginning of the 70´s to make place for a modern shopping centre: Forum Les Halles. This was a project of prestige by the president Gescard-d´Estaing.
The new Forum Les Halles also had iron and glass as leading construction materials. Coming from a central square, the countless shops make a stairs-shape all the way up, with four levels. This way it´s a very spacious building, that also is decorated by many statues and other pieces of modern art.
Address: Metro: Chatelet, Les Halles
Directions: Metro: Les Halles
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