Place Dauphine in Paris

17 June 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Paris / Île-de-France Reading Time:  12 minutes

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The Place Dauphine is a public square located near the western end of the Île de la Cité in the first arrondissement of Paris. It was initiated by Henry IV in 1607, the second of his projects for public squares in Paris, the first being the Place Royale (now the Place des Vosges). He named it for his son, the Dauphin of France and future Louis XIII, who had been born in 1601. From the “square”, actually triangular in shape, one can access the middle of the Pont Neuf, a bridge which connects the left and right banks of the Seine by passing over the Île de la Cité. A street called, since 1948, Rue Henri-Robert, forty metres long, connects the Place Dauphine and the bridge. Where they meet, there are two other named places, the Place du Pont-Neuf and the Square du Vert-Galant.   read more…

Les Halles in Paris

12 August 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Paris / Île-de-France Reading Time:  9 minutes

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Les Halles de Paris, usually simply Les Halles (The Halls), was Paris‘s central fresh food market. Located in the heart of the city, it was demolished in 1971 and replaced with the Forum des Halles, a modern shopping mall built largely underground and directly connected to the massive RER and métro transit hub of Châtelet-Les-Halles. The shopping mall welcomes 150,000 visitors daily. Since 2010, a major reconstruction of the mall is under progress. The new version was inaugurated in 2016. The mall remains open during works. In 2013, the Forum des Halles was still the second most visited shopping mall in France with 39.2 million visitors.   read more…

The Louvre Museum

13 June 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks, Paris / Île-de-France Reading Time:  7 minutes

Louvre - Aerial view © MatthiasKabel

Louvre - Aerial view © MatthiasKabel

The Musée du Louvre (English the Louvre Museum or simply the Louvre) is one of the world’s largest museums, the most visited art museum in the world and a historic monument. A central landmark of Paris, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 1st arrondissement (district). Nearly 35,000 objects (with overall around 380,000 objects in the depots) from prehistory to the 19th century are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square metres (652,300 square feet).   read more…

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