History and Architectur tour with a Local Guide
Le Marais may look nowadays like a mix of contemporary art galleries and high fashion boutiques, but hiding behind its austere walls and monumental facades are more than one hundred private palaces and magnificent gardens that during the 17th and 18th centuries were the property of French nobility and aristocracy. Marais remains one of the rare historical districts of Paris that has been totally saved from the transformations under Prefect Baron Haussmann.
During our walk, I will make you discover the fabulous medieval history of this fantastic neighborhood leading up to the nineteenth century. I will show you its old historical passages, its medieval civic architecture remains, its old churches and some recently embellished private palaces now transformed in government buildings.
We will start our visit from the north of the Marais (rue de Bretagne). We will visit "Marché des enfants Rouges", and then skip to the heart of the district going through some gardens and Palaces. We will walk its busiest street, rue Franc Bourgeois, to reach the first Parisian royal square (Place des Vosges), followed by Palace of Sully, the first French Jesuit church, and will end in the Jewish area.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: 4 rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris
End location: Subway station Hôtel de Ville (line 1 and 11)
Duration: 2 hours
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 euros - The cost for lunch, refreshment or some food to taste if you would like to.
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.
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Darya is an excellent guide. This was our second tour with her as a follow-on to the previous day's tour through Montmartre. Her insights into the local life around the Marais district were informative, insightful and fun. She is a bright, charming and engaging individual. She was very helpful to us with additional ideas, points of interest and general advice about negotiating our way around Paris. She is terrific. If we ever take another trip to Paris, I'll hope to find Darya again for another tour.
W Timothy Finnegan