During the Middle Ages, the Grand Châtelet de Paris was a fortress located on the right bank protecting the access to the 'Grand Pont' (the 'Big Bridge') crossing the Seine. The Châtelet district is one of the oldest and most famous in Paris. Its location in the heart of the city will allow you to enjoy your holidays. The Châtelet square, located between the 1st and 4th district, is flanked by two theatres: the 'Théâtre du Châtelet', that features classical concerts musical comedies, operas and shows -such as 'My Fair Lady' in 2010-, and the 'Théâtre de la Ville', a prominent location for contemporary dance, with the globally renowned Pina Bausch pieces. You can find all the events’information on their websites. This district, where art and culture are found profusely, is also trendy and lively, with restaurants, brasseries (you will easily find catering), discos and jazz pubs. The shopping streets are popular as well, like the Rivoli street and its many clothing retails and stores such as 'la Samaritaine' (with undergoing works for improvement nowadays) or the 'Bazar de l'Hôtel de Ville' (BHV). The Châtelet is a connection point for transportation both in Paris and in Île-de-France. The space under the ground is also impressive, indeed the Châtelet metro station is known as the biggest underground station worldwide, as well as the one with most passengers and trains. The Gothic 'Tour Saint-Jacques' ('Saint-Jacques Tower') is the last vestige of the 'Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie' church, and the departing point for the Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle pilgrimage. The district is adjacent to the 'Hôtel de Ville', the Pompidou Centre, the 'Forum des Halles' , open 7 days a week, and the Marais district itself.