Trendy Le Marais and Enjoy its Appealing Architecture
Le Marais neighborhood extends throughout 3rd and 4th districts of Paris. The easiest way to locate the district is to pass on the right bank of the Seine from the Ile Saint Louis. Once you cross any of its 3 bridges, you are there.
History of Le Marais
Once the Louvre became the royal residence, Le Marais started to attract wealthy aristocrats who built grand mansions in the vicinity of the king’s court. The growing of the neighborhood started in the 14th century and ended in the 17th century. During the French Revolution (1789 – 1799), the wealthy left the district. This left room for the poor to inhabit Le Marais, who turned a high-end neighborhood into a crummy one.
Once a year, you can see footmen and cavalry of the Garde Républicaine (Republican Guard) marching throughout the streets of Le Marais in their fancy uniforms. In addition, the Republican Guard opens the doors of its headquarters (in Boulevard Henri IV), also once a year. Then, you have an opportunity to evaluate the skill of their units and hear interesting stories about the Republican Guard, which replaced the King’s Guards (Gardes du Roi) after the revolution.
Why you should visit Le Marais?
Trendy Le Marais boasts shopping affordable for every budget. Just be patient while touring its streets and you are sure to find good deals sooner or later. While doing so, you can examine mansions once owned by rich aristocrats, even private villas of the royalty. Many of them house interesting museums nowadays, such as the Musee Victor Hugo, the Musee Picasso, the Musee Cognacq-Jay and others.
Finally, you can’t come to Le Marais and miss the Place des Vosges. It is one of the most beautiful squares you can lay your eyes on, surrounded by symmetrical buildings and featuring 4 fountains in a landscaped park.