Discover the Marais, the historical Jewish district of Paris
Join me on a journey into the history of the Jewish community of Paris and discover its beautiful district, the "Marais" with its quaint little streets, its elegant aristocratic mansions, Rue des Rosiers and all the traces left along the centuries by the Jewish families that used to live (and still live) there.
Together we will follow their steps from Medieval Age to the dramatic events that marked the first half of the 20th century, when the Marais, a bustiing and lively neighbourhood full of little shops, restaurants and schools, became silent after the II WW roundups. We will visit the Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation (the Deportation Memorial), the Memorial de la Shoah (the Shoah Memorial) with the Wall of Names and the Wall of the Righteous, an old synagogue, and the Pletzl, the heart of the Jewish district. You will also discover the history of the district, the beautiful Hotel de Sully, one of its most beautiful building, and Place des Vosges, a unique garden-square.
Walking itinerary in the Marais district. The tour will start in Notre Dame and ends in Rue des Rosiers.
You will visit:
- Memorial of the Deportation
- Memorial of the Shoah
- A 19th century Synagogue (outside)
- Place des Vosges
- Hotel de Sully and its small garden (outside)
- Rue des Rosiers and the surrounding area
Please note that memorials are places of silence: private guided tours inside the memorials are not allowed. I will be able to explain you only the main highlights and give you few information but if you want a fully guided tour I can contact the memorials' administration on your behalf and arrange for you a special private tour with their internal guides. In this case we will need to arrange a longer tour (visit to the Deportation Memorial takes about 1 hour - visit to the Shoah Memorial takes about 1h30) and you should expect extra charge.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Suggested by Guide: In front of Notre Dame, near the equestrian statue of Charlemagne (the sole statue in the square). I will have a green folder with me. The best metro stop is Cite (subway line 1). If you take a taxi the address for the driver is: Parvis du Notre Dame, Place Jean-Paul II. On request I can pick you up at your hotel/apartment if in Paris city center.
End Point Options: Suggested by Guide: The tour will end in the Marais, where you can find little restaurants, cafes, shops...
Duration: 3 hours
The Deportation Memorial is closed on Mondays. The Memorial of the Shoah is closed on Saturdays.
Both are closed during national holidays.
The area is often closed to traffic so walking is the better option but if you need of it, I can book a car and driver for you.
- Guiding Services
Estimated Local Cash Needed
5 Euro - There are no extra expenses but you may want to have some extra cash with you to enjoy a coffee, a pastry or a drink during the tour or if you want to make a small donation to the Memorial of the Shoah.
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car or minivan and driver
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