Most people only know the name Chatelet from the giant metro stop where five lines converge but it’s also got, above ground, a pretty square. There was once a prison here where the worst torture known to man was developed. It was torn down in Napoleon’s reign and this fountain replaced it.
This column tops a fountain. I always notice it as the bus I often takes goes by.
Four sphynx are there spurting water, they celebrate Napoleon’s wins in Egypt.
I didn’t notice until I looked at this photo on my computer that someone had given it a black eye.
There are two theaters, one on either side of the square, with a fabulous view from the lobby windows. I went to a play here once.