The “Belly” of Paris Is Being Gutted Again

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Les Halles de Paris

Les Halles de Paris
Photograph by www.DiscoverParis.net

Forty years ago the city ripped the guts out of its central marketplace and tore down Victor Baltard’s famous iron and glass pavilions. Now the city is at it again, promising to put in something better than the mediocre park that replaced Baltard’s splendid structures. Whatever the city puts there, nothing can redress the irreparable damage done to Paris’ patrimony in 1971-73.

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