Thursday, October 28, 2010

Marais: Architecture

Marais, the old narrow streets, barely wide enough for a car, navigate through 400 years of 17th century Paris. This is the oldest neighborhood of Paris, created from ancient swamp lands. It is now a mélange of hip boutiques along the Rue des Francs Bourgeois, the Jewish ghetto of the rue des Rossiers that dates back to the 13th century and some of the trendiest cafes, brasseries and restaurants of all Paris.

Marais, the oldest section of Paris, is a treasure of Renaissance architecture. It is home to the Musée Carnavalet, Musée Cognacq-Jay, The Archives, Hotel Sully, Musée Picasso and one of the grandest old squares in all of Paris, the Place des Vosges. This square is a masterpiece of brick facades and harmonious stone arches.

In Marais one can find cafes, restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries, boutiques, art galleries and museums. It is a diverse, energetic neighborhood, well-located and thriving.

(Photographs from the bottom: These buildings are in Marais: roof top Hotel du Sully, Hotel du Sully, another view of Hotel du Sully, library in Marais, side of library, another traditional building in Marais)


  1. Hi Linda--So glad you added your delightful blog to the Style Maniac Facebook Page. You cover some of my favorite things--travel, memoirs and art!

    In college I studied abroad in France for a semester. About a decade later I returned and visited one of my French teachers at her home in the Marais. Her top-floor apartment overlooked the rooftops of Paris, and all the monuments glowed in the dusk. We ate one of the best meals of my life at a bistro around the corner that I had read about and that turned out to be on of her favorites. Don't remember the name, but no matter--it was one of those evenings that are so perfect you can never go back again.

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