Les Halles is an area of Paris, located in the 1er arrondissement.
It is named for the large central wholesale marketplace, which
was demolished in 1971, to be replaced with an underground
modern shopping precinct, the Forum des Halles. Special is
that the open air center area is below street level, like a
Beneath this lies the underground station Chatelet-Les-Halles,
central hub of Paris's express metro system, the RER.
was the central Market in Paris. In 1183, King Philippe
enlarged the marketplace in Paris and built
a shelter for the merchants, who came from all over to sell
their wares. Known as Les Halles, for almost 700
masssive glass and iron building was the
" stomach of Paris"