The Marais

Marais district place des Vosges

The Marais is a very old district of Paris, where Knights Templars settled at the time of the Crusades. Its name come from the fact that it was originally a marshland, meaning of the word in French.

Mainly famous for its historic events and mansions as the French artistocracy and royalty settled there very early, in the Middle Ages. Consequently, luxurious residences were constructed. Nowadays, they are mainly dating back to the 17th and 18th century.

It is a well preserved and fantastically well renovated part of the city, with many little hidden gardens behind mansions.

The Jewish Quarter although, limited to just a few streets nowadays, is full of wonderful shops, art galleries and trendy restaurants and is a fantastic place to stroll around. Once shabby, it was turned into a fashionable part of Paris few decades ago only.

Follow a guided tour in the district : the Highlights or Female Celebrities.

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marais distric hotel de sully

General information

Guided tour around the  quarter for approximately 2 hours.

garden of the hotel de sens

The highlights

Highlihts of the quarter including the famous Place des Vosges, the Hôtel de Sully, the jewish district, church Saint Paul Saint Louis and the Hotel de Sens.

Madame de Sévigné

Women of the Marais

Tour about women who lived in this prestigious area : queens, courtisans, writers... See more women-focused tours.

My favorite walking tours

Join me on one of my favourite walking tours around the Marais quarter and its amazing old mansions. The Place des Vosges is undoubtedly the most magnificent square of Paris to me.

The arcades of Paris with its old fashioned shops and architecture dating back to the 19th century show reminiscence of French writers like Maupassant, Proust or Colette.