Location: The Marais, Paris, France // Google Maps
Still posting Paris photos up! Here are some of my favorite photos from within Paris- The Marais which is in the 3rd and 4th districts along the Seine. It’s been my favorite area of Paris for awhile now and I try to stay here every time I go to Paris simply because it’s a nice quiet old place without the hustle and bustle of some of the other areas. All the hotels around the Marais are so much fun and still within walking distance of the majority of the sights.
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Le Marais is a district in Paris, France, traditionally a bourgeois area, but also well-known as a Jewish neighbourhood and for its gay nightlife. It spreads across parts of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements in Paris (on the Rive Droite, or Right Bank, of the Seine).
In the 12th century, the Knights Templar cleared the marshlands to the north of Philippe Auguste’s enclosure. From the 16th century onwards, the aristocracy built large residences in the area, a trend which was accelerated by the creation of the Place Royale (which would become the Place des Vosges) by Henri IV in 1605.
The departure of the royal court to Versailles led to a decline in the district. Haussmann’s urban redevelopment only marginally affected the Marais through new alignment rules and constructions, lending irregular width to many of the neighborhood’s streets.
Towards the end of the nineteenth century and in the first half of the twentieth century, the area surrounding the Rue des Rosiers became home to many Jews from Eastern Europe, further specializing local labour in the clothing industry. The Marais was therefore a target for the Nazis when they controlled the city.
In 1969, Andre Malraux made the Marais the first protected sector), with the area being home to many museums, art galleries and historic sites. As with other parts of Paris, where shops are sold but their front not entirely redone when changing business, this protection measure can lead to certain comical results, such as a shop with a “bakery” front selling shoes.
In 1971 Jim Morrison died in 17 Rue Beautrellis in the Marais.