- A walk in the Marais neighborhood
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- The Jewish Marais . pdf
- The Paris Explorer #1 – Rue des Barres In The Marais
- Vivre le Marais: Personnages illustres du Marais
The Marais – a trendy district with a village feel – has become a Paris must-see.
When Paris was only a small town located on an island, the area currently know as Le Marais was a marsh. Only in the 10th century did it get drained. Since then, the city grew and Le Marais went from a golden age in the 17th century to a decline later on. In the early 20th century, plans were made to destroy many of the crumbling old buildings of the area and part of it was actually carried out. Fortunately, this was stopped by André Malraux in the 1960s and the area spanning on the 3rd and 4rth arrondissements still has some of the most interesting buildings of Paris.
The Place des Vosges, rue des Francs-Bourgeois, and three mansions in particular, the Hôtel de Soubise, Hôtel Salé and Hôtel de Rohan, take visitors back to the 17C and 18C, the time of the absolute monarchy and the Enlightenment. However, the old streets, tiny squares and aristocratic mansions here are now occupied by designer boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and markets, transforming the Marais into a lively and trendy district.
3rd & 4th Arrondissements: M° Rambuteau, Hôtel-de-Ville, St-Paul, Bastille, or Chemin Vert.
Walking tour of the Jewish Marais – a jewish district of Paris