"the market of Les Halles"

Les Halles is an area of central Paris, for many years the site of a huge market.

les Halles today
GNU Free Documentation Licenseles Halles today - Credit: Aaron Ferguson

Structures were first erected there for merchants in 1183. In the 1850s, a glass and iron structure was built to house the stall holders selling their wares. It was for a time known as 'the belly of Paris'. In 1971 the market was replaced with an open-air shopping centre.

 

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