Walking in Paris in the Marais district.
Some districts outside the center of Paris are very well known. The Marais is one of them. It is located between the 3rd and 4th arrondissements.
It got its name from the marsh area on which it was built. Having escaped from the Haussmann’s Architectural, it has its incredible architecture with buildings dating from the 17th century. Now, it’s well worth to visit the Marais…
The Wall of Philippe-Auguste
This famous wall was built under the orders of the King Philippe-Auguste (1165-1223). It is the oldest wall that you can still find the French capital.
A watch-turret of Saint-Paul street
This watch-turret – “lookout sentry-box generally overhanged on a fortified wall, a tower “ — is visible from Saint-Paul street and dates from the 16th century.
The church of Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis and its superb façade
The church of Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis has been classified as a historic monument since 1887 and was renovated in 2012. The building was done in 1627 and 1641. Originally a Jesuit church, it is the first Parisian church opting for the Baroque style rather than Gothic. During the French Revolution, it had been used as a warehouse. Is its wealth partially destroyed or stolen?
The Hôtel de Sully
Dated from the 17th century (1625) , this particular hotel was built during an urban planning, an idea of Henri IV supervised by Maximilien de Béthune , Duke of Sully (1559-1641). In 1634, he became the owner of the Hotel and saw many famous figures pass through its doors, Voltaire for example. It has been repurchased and restored by the government and has become a public establishment.
The Place of Vosges
In the Marais, if there is a place which is famous, it is that of Vosges. With its superb fountain, but also its central garden. It is not only one of the most beautiful places in the capital, but also one of the oldest. Excellent place for relaxing, this place is also the ideal starting point for a walk in the Marais.
The Carnavalet Museum
Apart from places and original architectural elements, The Marais has also many cultural sites. It is the case of Carnavale Museum. Dedicated to the history of the capital and its inhabitants, it is the perfect site to discover the evolution of Paris from the prehistory to the present-day. A hundred rooms are to explore and lots of works of art and other maquettes to discover. Note that the Museum is currently closed for renovation. It will welcome again the public in 2019.
The Francs-Bourgeois Street
As a backbone of the Marais, the Francs-Bourgeois street has many private hotels and shops. It marks the boundary between the 3th and 4th arrondissements and extends from the famous Place of Vosges to the crossroads of Rambuteau and the Archives street. Go and look around it, you will not be disappointed.
The Rosiers Street
Considered as being the emblematic heart of the Jewish community, the Rue des Rosiers was the theater of a bomb attack on August 9, 1982. This was committed in a restaurant.
The Cirque d’Hiver of Paris
Who has never heard of the Cirque d’Hiver? Built in 1852 by the architect Jacques Hittorf (Paris Eastern station, Marigny Theater…), it is classified as historical monument. Its superb façade was designed by different famous painters and sculptors such as James Pradier or Francisque Duret, to name but two.
The Garden of Francs-Bourgeois-Rosiers
Discover now the Garden of Francs-Bourgeois-Rosiers. Its particularity? We can not see it from the street and we have to pass through the lobby of the Hôtel de Coulanges – a historical monument dating from the 17th century — to access to it.
The garden is open at the same hours as the Maison de l’Europe, that is form 2pm. to 7pm. This “secret” garden offers a unique atmosphere despite its small space. (100 square meters).
The luckiest ones can enjoy it alone, but even when there are people, it is always very pleasant. A playground for children from 2 to 4 years old is even proposed. This allows parents to have a little time off ! Paris plans to double the space of the garden and to build an entrance to Rue des Rosiers. It would then be more easily to access. It remains to be seen whether it will lose its particular charm or not …
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