Marais District - Le Marais, Paris

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    Fashioned quarter

    by solopes Updated Jan 26, 2015

    After several visits to Paris always skipping this quarter, I spent there a full week. It gave me a new image of this trendy area, where many recent investments didn't compromise its history and traditional look.

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    Innocents fountain

    by solopes Updated Jan 26, 2015

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    Built in the middle of the 16th century, in a former graveyard, this fountain got its name from the church of Innocents, built in memory of the children killed by Herodes.

    Later on, in the 18th century the church was replaced by a market, but the church was moved to the centre of a new square, giving name to it.

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    Sunday Afternoon at le Marais

    by ForestqueenNYC Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    On Sunday afternoon le Marais is absolutely mobbed with people. There are lots of kosher markets, boulangeries, bookstores, and restaurants and it is also an area where the young trendy designers have set up shop. You will also find lots of nonkosher bars and restaurants as well as museums and theatres.

    I took my Parisian landlady there and she was amazed. Even though her brother-in-law lives in le Marais, she had no idea that on Sundays it was the liveliest place in Paris.

    Check out the website below. It will tell you everything you want to know about le Marais.

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    le Marais

    by MM212 Updated Oct 29, 2010

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    The marshes that gave le Marais its name were drained long ago in the 10th century. The reclaimed land allowed urban development to gradually develop north of île de la Cité, the heart of Paris. In the 17th to the 19th centuries, when large sections of Paris were torn down to allow for grander urban planning, particularly by Haussmann, le Marais remained neglected and was spared from destruction. Also saved were numerous sumptuous hôtels particuliers, or townhouse palaces, many of which have now been turned into interesting museums. Therefore, it is one of the more charming neighbourhoods in Paris where some of the older architecture and narrow streets have been preserved. In the 19th century, le Marais became home to a large number of eastern European Jews, and in more recent times, the gay community also moved to this area. These two communities still dominate le Marais and live side-by-side, often resulting in an interesting cultural diversity. Le Marais, with its art galleries, falafel sellers, cafés, small museums, bistros, and gay bars is well worth an afternoon in Paris.

    A street in le Marais, May 2007 Narrow streets in le Marais, May 07 Old architecture, May 2007
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    The Jewish area

    by gmg61 Written Mar 2, 2008

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    In the Marais area some streets closer to Place des Vosges are populated mainly by Jews: it's the "Pletzel", Yiddish name for the old 13th century Jewish quarter.
    If you take a walk in rue des Rosieres you can see men strolling in their traditional dresses, and you find many inviting confectioners shop: from their windows you can see every kind of cake and the smell is tempting!
    There are also some fashion shops, bars and kosher restaurants and no Mc Donald's! There was an attempt to estabilish one there, but the population was against it and finally they won and succeeded in saving an old hammam...:)

    A tempting jewish confectioners shop The Hammam saved from converting into a McDonald's I can almost smell the pastries from the picture..

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    I love Le Marais

    by mariaschmidt Written Dec 27, 2007

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    For me Paris is more le Marais than Champs Elysee although it is a must to go and feel the grandeur of the GRands Boulevards and all the Impressive Monuments. Le Marais is very atmospheric and has interesting shops and nice little restaurants. It is a pleasure to stroll around and than sit it the Place Vosges and have a glass of wine or coffee whatever :-) Now in December it was raining and everything looked even more beautiful ...

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    Le Marais

    by roamer61 Written May 31, 2007

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    This is one of the oldest parts of Paris and was also home to the main Jewish population. Amongst the numerous shops and bistros. one can find some nice old and historic buildings.
    Several museums are located in the area. These include the Musee Carnavalet (see seperate page) and the Picasso Museum. The Place de Voseges (also, see seperate page), is located here as well.

    One of the oldest remaining buildings in Paris can be found here, the Hotel de Sens. It was built between 1475-1507 for the Archbishops of Sens. The turreted house is a beautiful example of period architecture.

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    An Area to Spend A Wandering Day (or 2)

    by hquittner Written Jan 1, 2007

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    The Marais is an area of Paris that is full of neighborhoods. It has numerous fine 17C Hotels (some made into museums such as the Hotel Carnavalet, a separate VT listing). The "center" of the Marais is the Place des Vosges (also a separate VT listing). There are churches to visit and a synagogue. There are Arabic and Jewish "Quartiers" with ethnic foods and many other nice eateries. This is a fine place for a leisurely or in-depth-art- museum-second or later trip to Paris, not for a first 3-4 day quickie. If you are a Modern Art addict then the Beauborg at its western edge is a must.

    Eglise St.-Gervais-St.-Protais (nr H. de Ville) Art Nouveau Atlantes;(Bldg on r.Rivoli nr.H.deV) The Centre Beaubourg Rears Its Head
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    Walking around in Le Marais

    by sim1 Updated Nov 3, 2006

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    The Marais is a beautiful part of Paris and perfect to get 'lost' in. I loved wandering around in the small streets, look at all the houses, which have so many architectural details. Old doors, decorated with wonderful wooden carvings, a funny cornerstone build in the wall, balconies, balconies and more balconies, often filled with flowerpots. I just didn’t know where to look anymore! In the old days the Marais used to be a marshland, which is really hard to believe when you walk around this area these days…

    There are some famous houses in this area, like Hôtel des Francs-Boureois, Hôtel de Sully and Hôtel de Lamoignon, all which I planned to look at. But strangely enough I forgot about those plans within no time. The Marais had put its spell on me and made me love it as a whole. I forgot my urge to see specific houses; I just wanted to absorb it all. I was too amazed by all the details of the houses, the grandeur; all I wanted tot do was look around one more corner to see what surprises I would find there……

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    Le Marais

    by Pieter11 Written Sep 27, 2006

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    The quarter of Le Marais is known as one of the most beautiful areas of Paris. It has a long history with several bad and several good periods. In the 12th century this area still was a swamp (Le Marais is french for The Swamp). From this time on, the Seine River that caused this was dammed, and the area was cultivated. Le Marais started to gain a positive image after the Bastille, the former huge fortress to the east of the quarter, was built in the 17th century. Its walls protected the area and many aristocrats moved in and built beautiful houses, palaces and churches here.

    After the French Revolution though, the Bastille was destroyed and Le Marais was abandoned. Its inhabitants all moved elsewhere and the area because poor. It stayed like that until 1962. In that year the former Minister of Culture, André Malraux, desided that the quarter had something unique and had to be protected. Not only its monuments, but the entire area. From that period on, huge restaurations started and made Le Marais popular again.

    Today it is one of the most authentical areas of the city, with beautiful monuments like the Place des Vosges and the Hotel de Sens, and museums like the Musée Picasso and the Musée Carnavalet.

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    The Marais

    by myriam_c Updated Aug 20, 2006

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    The Marais is one of my favorite areas of Paris. It's like a trendy city within the city, IMO totally different than the rest of Paris. It's also one of the oldest areas in Paris, and there's a fairly large Jewish population which gives a special flair to the area thanks to the many Jewish shops, bakeries and restaurants. Especially rue des Rosiers is well known.
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    protected architecture from the bourgeois times

    by sachara Updated May 28, 2006

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    Le Marais -meaning the marsh- is traditionally a Jewish and bourgeois area. First being a swamp and agircultural area, the aristocracy built from the 16th century large residences in this area. In 1605 Henri IV created the Place Royale, later becoming the Place des Vosges after the departure of the royal court to Versailles. At the end of the19th and in the first half of 20th century, the area around the Rue des Rosiers became home to many Jews from Eastern Europe.

    Nowadays the Marais is one of the few areas in Paris that still has most of the pre-revolutionarian architecture. In 1969 the Marais became the first protected sector, being home to many museums, art galleries and historical sites.

    One of the museums in the Marais is the History Museum of Paris housed in 16th century Hotel Carnavalet. Except this museum and the Picasso museum, housed in the 17th century Hotel Salé, there are about a dozen other museums in the many restored mansions and hotels.

    Except for the historical sites and museums the Marais is also known because of the many trendy bars and restaurants, art galleries, design boutiques and other fancy shops. I walked several times from the Place des Vosges to the Centre Pompidou, looking at the many fancy shops along the Rue des Francs Bourgeois.

    Musee Carnavalet Musee Carnavalet entrance Musee Carnavalet on of the many ornated doors south entrance of Place des Vosges
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    The Marais

    by fishandchips Updated Apr 5, 2006

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    The Marais really is one of the best parts of Paris. The area was originally swamp land (Marais = Swamp) but was slowly reclaimed until it was full of typical small parisian streets. There are a whole lot of museums and galleries in the Marais featuring everything from Picasso to the Paris History Museum (Carnavalet) plus Victor Hugo and Passage de Retz (Avante Garde).

    A nice circuit is to get off at St Paul Metro (line 1) and walk over the road and into the Marais or alternatively at the Bastille Metro stop and down Rue Ste Antoine then right onto rue de Birague and into Place des Vosges (Paris' oldest square). From there it's up toward Rue de Thorigny and the Picasso Museum in the converted Hotel Sale. From there you are close to Les Iles Grecques and some very interesting deli type food (for that perfect picnic). From here you can either go toward Temple Metro station or back toward rue Ste Antoine and Musee Carnavalet.

    This area is also central to a large part of the Jewish community so the shops and their opening times are reflective of this (many will be closed on Saturday being the Sabbath day). There are some good cafes and restaurants, especially around Place du Marche Ste-Catherine and Place des Vosges (though here they are a bit expensive).

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    Meandering le Marais

    by BeatChick Updated Mar 16, 2006

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    Welcome to the Marais! Most people think of it as the center for gay community or Jewish life but it's so much more than that. If you're a museum buff, then this surely is the area for you; if you're not a museum buff, then there is surely one museum that will suit your taste: Picasso, modern art, Victor Hugo, several pre-French-Revolutionary War royalist places, science, dolls (Musée de la Poupée), & Jewish artifacts (including works by Chagall).

    If museums just aren't your thing period, then surely there is enough shopping (antiques, jewelry, textiles, boutiques, papeteries) to suit your tastes. Or just hang out in the Place des Vosges enjoying the park, or people watching from one of the cafés surrounding the Place? Not satisfied yet, then perhaps just meandering thru the winding maze of cobblestone streets, discovering pockets of greenery such as the Place du Marché Ste-Catherine? It definitely has great appeal for me.

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    Near Rue St-Antoine Rue des Francs Bourgeois Rue Charles V Rue des Barres Rue de Birague leading to Place des Vosges
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    Le Marais

    by Diana75 Updated Feb 16, 2006

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    Le Marais covers the biggest parts of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements, from Seine to the streets Beaubourg and Turbigo and the avenues Republique and Bastille.

    In Le Marais is located the famous Place des Vosges, commissioned by Henri IV and made between 1605-1612, being the signal of the new urbanization of the city.

    As a consequence, numerous luxury hotels have been built in the area, some of them being still in good conditions.

    At the beginning of 20C, Le Marais, abandoned by its famous inhabitants, became a popular district dominated mainly by industry and handicraft, most of its beautiful hotels being abandoned, but following the Malraux law of 1962 the construction works to this valuable patrimony started again.

    You really should not miss a walk on Le Marais beautiful narrow streets in order to admire these splendid buildings.

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