"Le Marais" Marais District - Le Marais Tip by Pieter11

Marais District - Le Marais, Paris: 31 reviews and 68 photos

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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.

Address: Le Marais, Arrondissement 4
Phone: 33952892406

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  • Written Sep 27, 2006
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