is the heart of Paris. This district is exactly in the centre of the capital of France, in the 1st Arrondissement
Originally, Les Halles
was the name given to Paris's central fresh food market, centuries ago. In 1183, King Philippe II Auguste restored the old market and built a big structure in order to protect the merchants, coming from all over the country, and their goods.
became famous worldwide thanks to French writer Émile Zola
and his novel Le Ventre de Paris
(The Fat and the Thin)