Le Marais 2.6 rating

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Le Marais, also called as 'Old Paris', was once the aristocratic district of Paris as the favorite residential neighborhood of French nobility. It was established on the marshland ('marais') on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 12th century by the Order of the Temple, and flourished till the French Revolution, after which it fell into disuse. It still retains several elegant old mansions from the 17th century, many of which are of historic and architectural importance.

The heart of the district is the Place des Vosges, earlier known as Place Royale, surrounded by facades that were all built to the same design of red brick with strips of stone quoins, over a base of vaulted arcades on square pillars. Notable residents include Victor Hugo and Cardinal Richelieu. Today, the buildings house various art galleries. At #14 is the Synagogue Charles Liché in the Hotel de Ribault, though the Rue des Rosiers across the square has been the historical home of the city's Jewish community (Pletzl). Le Marais also has the Mémorial de la Shoah which serves as a Holocaust Museum, and the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme near Jardin Anne-Frank.

Le Marais has several notable museums, including the Carnavalet Museum, Picasso Museum, Musée Cognacq-Jay, and Musée des Arts et Métiers. Along the western edge on Rue du Renard stands Centre Georges Pimpidou with the Musée National d'Art Moderne, the largest modern art museum in Europe.

Explore the area to see the magnificent hôtel particulier, or private mansions - Hôtel de Sully – a Louis XIII mansion that houses the Centre des monuments nationaux, Hôtel d'Angoulême Lamoignon which is now the Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris, Hôtel d'Aumont, Hôtel de Beauvais, and Hôtel de Sens.

The northwest part of the district is home to a Chinese community originally from Wenzhou. Le Marais is also the LGBT hub of Paris, with hip bars and pulsating nightclubs that throw the liveliest parties in town.

About Le Marais

 45 Rue Charlot, 75003 Paris, France

 Nearest Transit: Saint-Sébastien – Froissart (Line No. 8)

 +33 9 52 89 24 06


Le Marais and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Louvre Museum

Louvre Museum(1.1 km)
Housing one of the world's great museums since 1793, the Louvre Palace offers some dazzling architecture, wide public spaces and the glass pyramid of I M Pei.

Jardin des Tuileries

Jardin des Tuileries(1.8 km)
Originally adjoining the now-disappeared royal palace of the Tuileries, these gardens lying immediately west of the Louvre offer a central open space for Parisians and visitors with semi-formal gardens (an outdoor gallery for modern sculpture), various cafés, ice-cream and crépe stalls and a summer fun fair.

La Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Richelieu

La Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Richelieu(1.3 km)
The National Library, intended to be the repository of all that is published in France, preserves collections of historic documents of both French and international origin.

Atelier Brancusi

Atelier Brancusi(0.1 km)
Atelier Brancusi is a recreation of sculptor Constantin Brancusi’s studio, displaying his works in the same layout in which he had bequeathed his 15th arrondissement apartment at 11 impasse Ronsin to the French government.

Luxembourg Gardens

Luxembourg Gardens(2 km)
The Jardin du Luxembourg is a formal French garden with lush lawns, tree-lined promenades, terraces, chestnut groves, and ponds over an area of 23 hectares.

St. Etienne du Mont

St. Etienne du Mont(1.5 km)

Eglise Saint Nicolas du Chardonnet

Eglise Saint Nicolas du Chardonnet(1.2 km)
A controversial church serving as de facto headquarters of the arch-traditionalist Society of Saint Pius X, who occupied the church in 1977 and have ignored subsequent eviction orders.

Eglise Saint-Etienne-du-Mont

Eglise Saint-Etienne-du-Mont(1.5 km)

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