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From the 12th to the 19th centuries, on the site of the present-day Chatelet square, there was a defensive fortress of the same name, which served as the main shield against an attack on the city. After the enclosure of Paris with a protective wall, the fortress ceased to be necessary for defense and it was turned into a prison. It served as a prison until it was demolished in 1802.
In 1808, a monument was erected in the center of the square in honor of the next successful battles of Napoleon's troops. This monument is a fountain with a bronze column standing in it. At the top of the column was a statue of the goddess Victoria. On the sides of the column you can see bas-reliefs with symbols of the cities of Germany, Egypt and Italy taken by Napoleon.
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Topic: Chatelet square in France, Paris resort.