Place du Chatelet, Paris

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The Place du Châtelet is a public square in Paris, on the right bank of the river Seine, on the borderline between the 1st and 4th arrondissements. It lies at the north end of the Pont au Change, a bridge that connects the Île de la Cité, near the Palais de Justice and the Conciergerie, to the right bank. The closest métro station is Châtelet 15px 15px 15px 15px 15px 15pxFeaturesThe name "Châtelet" refers to the stronghold, the Grand Châtelet, that guarded the northern end of the Pont au Change, containing the offices of the prévôt de Paris and a number of prisons, until it was demolished from 1802-10.At the square's center is the Fontaine du Palmier, designed in 1806 by architect and engineer François-Jean Bralle (1750-1832) to celebrate French victories in battle. It has a circular basin, 6m in diameter, from which a column rises in the form of a palm tree's trunk 18m tall. The palm trunk is surmounted by a gilded figure of the goddess, Victory, holding a laurel wreath in each upraised hand; the goddess figure stands on a base ornamented with bas-relief eagles. The gilded finial is by sculptor Louis-Simon Boizot.
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  • The whole neighborhood is great for taking beautiful pictures in town. continue your ballad wherever you want, you will certainly come across some pretty things.
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  • We passed this square when we were walking from Notre Dame Cathedral towards Tour Saint Jacques. It is possible to see the two theatres Théâtre du Châtelet and Théâtre de la Ville and enjoy a beautiful fountain in the center with a large column with a beautiful sculpture on its top. The surrounding streets are very moving with several bars and cafes.
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