Les Halles Paris was the traditional central market of Paris, enlarged by King Phillipe II in 1183, where the merchants got some small shelters. Over the years the market has been renovated, rebuild, expanded several times over the years. The market as most know was build and finished in 1979, but in 2012 the construction broke ground once again, and the entire area is undergoing a complete redevelopment. It will remain shopping, and at the area besides the Church Saint-Eustache, a beautiful city-park has been designed. The church have been built between 1532 and 1632, and is a masterpiece of late Gothic architecture known all over the world. Original a small chapel near the fish-market of Les Halles, the church evolved over many years. During the French revolution the church was used as a barn, but luckily afterwards restored to its glory as it is in today.
Eventhough Les Halles right now is a huge building site, and the shopping center will not be finished until 2016, you should consider having a walk here, to enjoy the park, see the church and experience how an area like this, can give you a calming break from a hectic and vibrant city.
Pretty near these sweetspot of Paris, you find the high-tech architectural sculptural building Centre Pompidou, a late 70´s world famous construction, which holds the public library, the museum of modern art and a center for music and acoustic research. The building has been renovated in 2000 – but even if it is over 35 years old, it somehow stands our modern today. You can always discuss the design , but we think National Geographic has put it in a very good way, when they said it is love at second sight. The building takes a little getting used to, and the colorful piping, the exposed skeleton of beams and strouts etc, really isn´t sheer beauty, but somehow ingenious.
Centre Pompidou has become an success, handing lot more visitor that predicted, with over 150 million guest in the lifespan so far, and several sister-building and -projects emerging from the original idea, has seen daylight all over the planet.
Les Halles, Saint-Eustache and Pompidou is a great place for killing a few hours, enjoying something total oppersite from french culture. If you decide to enter Pompidou, you might end up spending the entire day in the area. There are vast amounts of cafes, restaurants and opportunities of other experiences near Les Halles….We bet you will love this place.