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A masterpiece of late XNUMXth century metal architecture inspired by the Pavillons Baltard.

Les Halles overlook the northern ramparts of the "old town" and occupy a balcony site which offers a very extensive view of the Charente valley, in particular the Houmeau district, a former commercial district animated until the XNUMXth century by the barge traffic on the Charente.

ALTERNATELY: Fortress, prison, or municipal stores

The location occupied since 1888 by Les Halles was not originally intended for market activity. The building that preceded them is one of the first castles founded in the XNUMXth century by the dynasty of the Taillefers, Counts of Angoulême.

A fortress until the 1855th century, it was transformed into a prison at the end of the XNUMXth century to become municipal stores from XNUMX. This building, which was designed by Édouard Warin, architect of the City, is a minor but very real replica. of the Halles Centrales in Paris and represents for Angoulême one of the last industrial architectural vestiges of the end of the XNUMXth century.

A gourmet stop at the covered market
is a must DURING your stay in Angoulême!

Farmers, market gardeners, craftsmen and chefs welcome you to a huge hall, listed as a historical monument since 1993, built in the XNUMXth century in the style of the Baltard Parisian pavilions with new materials from industry, cast iron, glass, iron...

This beautiful architecture has a neat decor, glazed briquettes, carved clocks, zinc frieze decorated with the coat of arms of the city, earthenware bearing the monograms of the City of Angoulême, capitals with foliage on the cast iron columns...

Designed according to the plans of the architect Edouard Warin, associated with the engineer Pommier, the halls replaced in 1888 the châtelet, a former XNUMXth century fortified castle.