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One of the other points of interest in the
Les Halles section, if you care to walk about a bit, are
the Bourse du Commerce, or the grain exchange, which is
housed in the circular building found at the extreme western end
of the market. This is a "modern" building, built in
the 18th century, and later modified in the 19th. The present
rotunda built in 1889 replaced a wheat market built during Louis
XVI's reign. It stands on the site of a palace Catherine de Medici
built here in 1537 for her residence after an astrologer had told
her to beware of the neighborhood of Saint Germaine-l'Auxerrois.
This palace was demolished in 1748, but the one-hundred-foot high
tower, which looks like a Doric column, was left standing. The
column to the south of the building is thought to have been used
by the astrologer Ruggieri as an observatory.
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