History and Guided Tour of Les Halles district

Discover the History of one of the most popular districts of ParisLes Halles is maybe the most famous district in Paris. Parisian are divided about this location : some like it, some others hate it. Anyway, do you know the real story of this neighborhood, which was once the biggest market of the world ?
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History and Guided Tour of Les Halles district : History

After the Ile de la Cité, where Paris was settled at first, Les Halles is the oldest district in the capital, steeped with a huge history

In 1135, while Paris’s supply needs increase, King Louis VI (also called “Le Gros” : the Fat) transfers the old market from the Place de Grève square (now Place de l’Hotel de Ville) to the Champeaux wetland.

From then on, all the French Kings and leaders will constantly develop the market to meet the growing need of supply of the capital : in 1183, King Philippe-Auguste builds a roof on the market : the Parisian immediatly call it “Les Halles“, then King St. Louis installed there a fair, and later, Napoleon III erected the famous Baltard iron hall that inspired Zola in his book “Le Ventre de Paris” (The Belly of Paris), later destroyed by president Pompidou who transferred the market to Rungis, out of Paris
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Why booking the History and Guided Tour of Les Halles district

The Guided Tour of Les Halles drives you around the district little streets : from the Cemetery of the Innocents square to “the belly of Paris” (the old market of Les Halles), with its rituals and traditions, to Place Sainte Opportune square (which is less renowned), to buildings and facades that keep the details and the marks of History, like where the Great King Henri IV was murdered…
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History and Guided Tour of Les Halles district : details

History and Guided Tour of Les Halles district lasts 2 hours.

Relax! Your Private Guided Tour is entirely custom-tailored : depending on your requests, we adapt to your wishes, we visit at your own pace, you skip the line and have priority access to Parisian monuments.

Save time & money: we complete your Private Guided Tour with recommendations for the best restaurants, hotels and exhibitions in Paris, in order to provide a unique experience.

You are accompanied by an independent local professional guide / or specialist, selected based on his / her interest in History and Parisian habits.

History and Guided Tour of Les Halles district : book now

Each Private Guided Tour is custom-tailored and different : prices start at 259€ per group (up to 4 persons).

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…or to offer it to a friend !