Place du Châtelet
Place du Châtelet
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Neighborhood: 1st Arr. - Louvre
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  • Châtelet • 2 min walk
  • Cité • 3 min walk
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia48,754 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Place du Chatelet is located in a convenient area. It is fairly close to the Louvre and other interesting sights. It is also close to the Seine River. A busy place with a lovely fountain with a column at the centre.
Written September 28, 2020
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,140 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This area used to be a medieval tangle of narrow streets, but it was cleared out by Haussmann to create a good traffic flow. And today there is a lot of traffic and it flows. Not especially pretty, although there are 2 impressive theaters operating as bookends for the Place. Underground you will find the biggest Metro transfer point in town with very long tunnels.
Written February 29, 2024
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,078 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
Place du Châtelet is a public square near Pont au Change on the Right Bank side of the Seine River. The most interesting thing to see here is the Fontaine du Palmier which was designed in 1806 by François-Jean Bralle.

What you see here is a fountain basin with an 18 metre tall decorative column, topped by a gilded figure of the goddess Victory. The base of the column is surrounded by four allegorical figures. It stands upon a wider plinth with four sphinx figures, each with spouts spilled into the basin below.

It is an attractive fountain monument that is worth spending a few minutes to enjoy if you plan to pass through this area of the Right Bank. Give it a quick look-see before carrying on with other intended sightseeing.
Written February 20, 2019
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Mark D
Penang Island, Malaysia1,250 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
Place du Chatelet is where the Tourist info office is... It also has a fountain [216 years old] in its centre and can be easily reached at the metro station and train hub "Chatelet les Halles" [which is also the largest underground subway/train station in the World]. Les Halles is the site of the original "farmers market" and now hosts a very "mixed bag" of interesting shoppes. A trip to Paris is incomplete without a visit to this interesting, historic/busy area!!

I hope that this Review has been helpful!!
Written May 27, 2018
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK831,254 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
One of the best square's in Paris is Place Du Chatelet located on the Right Bank of the River Seine in the 1st Arrondissement .
This square is a great square to take in the stunning architecture all around ,from this square you can view Fontaine Du Palmier ,Theatre Du Chatelet ,Theatre De La Ville ,Tour Saint Jacques to name but some of the grand looking building that form this square ,there's also the added bonus that's it's near the River Seine,the square was laid out between 1802-1810 so it's a square with some serious history attached to it ,if you're planning a holiday to Paris it's a square to most definitely check out .
Written June 11, 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,140 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018
This may be one of the absolute centers of the city, so it is very busy, lots of traffic and lots of people. Some big grand theaters are here, but otherwise this area does not have a lot of character. A bit polluted.
Written January 25, 2019
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Solodam J
Amsterdam, The Netherlands34,941 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
Place du Châtelet is a small public square on the right bank of the river Seine. In the centre of the square is Fontaine du Palmier or Fontaine de la Victoire. This fountain was designed to celebrate the French victory. The 4 sphinxes spue the water and at the centre of the fountain, 18m column rises into the sky and at the top is the figure of Goddess Victory holding a laurel wreath in each upraised hand
Written August 8, 2018
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,679 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
I saw a tall column while approaching the northern end of Pont du Change, which connects the Ile de la Cite and the Right Bank, and decided to investigate. It turned out to be part of the upper portion of a fountain erected in the Napoleon era that celebrates French victories in battles. I found this focal point for the small Place du Chatelet to be well worth coming to see.

The column is shaped like a palm tree's trunk and is topped by a gilded figure of the goddess Victory. Sphinxes at the base commemorate Napoleon's victory in Egypt, and allegorical figures also appear.

This square held nothing more of interest for me. Twin neo-Renaissance theatres -- Theatre du Chatelet and Theatre de la Ville -- flank the fountain across nearby streets and may be of interest to architecture enthusiasts. The square was grimy and received much pedestrian traffic because of a Chatelet metro stop here.
Written October 22, 2017
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Mehri13
Paris, France100 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016
To me this theater must be renovated today rather than tomorrow!!! seats are uncomfortable, the uneven surface covered by an old and discolored moquette is an invitation to injury and the lowered ceiling at the entrance giving room to a balcony above is so low and dark which could break a tall and careless person's neck. Well, on the other hand, I have often tolerated all these inconvenience of the space for the great programs presented. A trade off? May be.
Written February 1, 2017
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Alexandra C
Europe104 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
The Place du Chatelet is a small square located in the very heart of Paris, on the right bank of the River Seine. The most remarkable feature of this place is the beautiful fountain in the centre of the square. It features a magnificent column, topped with a gilded statue, as a centrepiece and four Egyptian sphinx-like figures spouting water at the sides of the fountain. Two great theatres, the Theatre du Chatelet and the Theatre de la Ville, stand in this square, facing each other. Being located in the very centre of the city, right next to the Chatelet Metro station, this lively place is always bustling with people. On our last visit to Paris, we stayed just a few blocks from this square. It’s an excellent location, as almost every major attraction is in walking distance from this place.
Written April 25, 2016
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