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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  • Built in place of the Grand Châtelet in Paris, which was a fortress built by Louis VI on the right bank of the Seine, at the mouth of St. Denis. This fortress was demolished in the early 19th century and was replaced by the current place of the Chatelet. It housed the headquarters of the police, dungeons and the first morgue in the capital. "The Grand Chatelet was, after the gallows of Montfaucon, the most sinister Paris building, both in its appearance and its destination by its vicinity which was the most foul place in the capital of this district."
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  • This place is strategic to visit some monuments of Paris. Across the bridge (back in place) you go to the Palace of justice in Paris and Notre Dame. Of each side you can see 2 Parisian theatres: Theatre of Châtelet and the City Theatre, further the docks with the booksellers. To the North you access the Tower Saint Jacques and the District of les Halles. The place is easily spotted by its fountain with a 18-metre column surmounted by a statue Golden victory.
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  • At the crossing on the Ile de la Cité Island change (currency exchange bridge) over from Chatelet Metro station Chatelet square (Place de Châtelet) in Palm Springs (Fontaine du Palmier), winning the fountain (Fontaine de la Victoire) and what was called tower with pond. Gold standing on the Palm tree-shaped tower of goddess hands under the Laurel circle represents the victory of Napoleon's Egypt expedition, base on Sphinx 4 body, gorgeous fruit platter, Eagle (with the invaders), Goddess of the four (prudence, temperance, justice, It represents the power), such as the carved building is gorgeous. Space invaders with the subdued shades of tiles below the middle of the Tower, carved Eagle had been invaded.
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