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Flanked by iconic French landmarks like the majestic Notre Dame and the Conciergerie, Marché aux Fleurs et aux Oiseaux has been in operation since 1808, making it the oldest and lone surviving floral market in Paris. Located in the heart of Ile de la Cité, the avenue sees an array of shops featuring exotic flowers, plants and shrubs. From primroses and orchids to violets and myrtles, the seasonal blooms paint a beautiful and tranquil picture in the tourist-dominated area. Open throughout the week, Sundays see bird traders set up shop with rare species of parrots, macaws, doves and budgies, as well as cages, seeds and accessories.
The Fontaine du Palmier located in the Place du Châtelet is a large circular pool topped by a column. It is decorated with bands of bronze and four statues at the bottom of the column sculpted by Louis-Simon Boizot, and the lower basin by Gabriel Davioud. Originally built to provide fresh drinking water, this fountain was considered as the largest fountain to be built during Napolean's reign. The fountain has been designated as historic monument since 1952.
Located between the 1st and 4th arrondissements of Paris, Place du Châtelet is one of the most important square of the city. It is home to several important structures and attractions, such as Théâtre du Châtelet and Théâtre de la Ville, to name a few. The square is highlighted by its centerpiece Fontaine du Palmier which celebrates the achievements of Napoleon Bonaparte. A gorgeous place to visit, Place du Châtelet should figure on every Parisian traveler's itinerary.
Dating back to 1912, it was among Paris's premier silent cinemas during that era. After a long closure during the World War II, it reopened as an auteur cinema hall. Over the many decades of its existence, Luminor Hôtel de Ville may have changed its name a few times, but its heart remained the same as an independent movie house. Showcasing independent films from all across the world wherein even catering to children, this cinema theater is among the best in the neighborhood.
Take your family or friends along for this walking trip around Paris. The History of Art Department of Paris organizes regular walking tours, especially emphasising the architecture of the city. It includes a tour of the Bastille, the Quartier Latin, the Moulin Rouge and the Sacré-Cœur. A detailed informative exercise is also on the offer.