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Last Updated: 26 July 2022


How many people passing by the busy street of rue de la Cossonnerie actually know there is an elephant head near Les Halles, right here, in central Paris?


Where is the Elephant head near Les Halles?

Lift up your eyes at number 3, and you will discover a very beautiful elephant head which is arguable of Indian Islamic style.

Elephant Head near Les Halles, Paris © French Moments
Elephant at number 3 rue de la Cossonnerie, Paris © French Moments

Part of the 1st arrondissement, the Rue de la Cossonnerie is a very old street and dates back to the 12th century. ‘Cossonnerie’ derives from the French word ‘cosson’, which once designated the intermediaries between the lace markers and merchants.

Latitude: 48.861369
Longitude: 2.348955

Forum des Halles - the canopy 031 © French Moments
The Canopy of Les Halles, rue de la Cossonnerie and Boulevard de Sébastopol, Paris © French Moments


In the vicinity

Rue de la Cosssonnerie leads to the Forum des Halles, a giant shopping centre famous for its architectural feature: La Canopée.

Forum des Halles - the canopy 08 © French Moments
The Canopy of Les Halles, Paris © French Moments


Explore in the neighbourhood the Fontaine des Innocents (a fountain in Renaissance style), the Rue de la Ferronnerie (where King Henri IV was assassinated) and the Gothic church of Saint-Leu-Saint-Gilles.


Where to stay in the 1st arrondissement?

Hotels in Paris vary from stunning luxurious places like the Ritz and the Meurice to much simpler hotels in charming older parts of the city. However, due to its central location, you will find the level of prices of all types of accommodation relatively high in the 1st arrondissement. Depending on your budget, you might want to find cheaper accommodation further away from the hyper centre of Paris!

The district has more than 70 hotels totalling over 4,000 rooms. Of these, eleven are 5-star hotels, including some of the most famous:

Here is a map showing the nearest accommodation:


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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of Discovery Courses and books about France.

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