MARAIS QUARTER                      

 

Duration: 2 hours

 

The labyrinth of small crooked medieval lanes will give you the feeling of what most of Paris looked like before
Napoleon’s arrival.

While taking a walk along the adorable streets of the Marais Quarter, you will see the house of Victor Hugo
on the Place des Vosgues, the Picasso Museum in the Hotel de Sully, the Saint Paul’s Jesuit Church where the hearts
of the great kings Louis XIII and Louis XIV were kept, the Hotel de Sens where Queen Margot spent the last years
of her life, the Carnavalet Museum dedicated to the history of Paris, as well as many other historic and exceptionally
well preserved buildings.

Moreover you can’t leave the Marais Quarter before exploring the old Jewish district existing since the XIII century.
You will enjoy the area due to its mix of the fashionable and the old: unique boutiques, old-fashioned restaurants
and bars, modern art galleries and museums crammed into one small area.

 

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Pompidou Centre

The Pompidou Centre is named in honour of the former French President
Georges Pompidou. The museum of modern art, featuring
the leading collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe,
was opened for visitors in 1977. The architects Richard Rogers,
Gianfranco Franchini and Renzo Piano put a lot of effort creating
the breathtaking construction of water pipes, escalators
and air conditioners, which reminds an oil refinery in the middle
of historic district. The Pompidou centre contains a very strong catalogue
of artworks by major artists that won’t leave you indifferent,
even if you are not huge art-lover.

 

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Visitors are also attracted by the museum’s book shop,
library, movie theatre and panoramic terrace.
The square in front of the centre is very busy
because of its street portraitists, mimes and entertainers.
There is also the magnificent Stravinsky Fountain,
representing sixteen works of sculpture
inspired by the composer Igor Stravinsky.

 

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Hotel de Sully

The renaissance mansion Hotel de Sully,
which still bears the name of its owners
from the XVII century, is currently occupied by
the National fund of historic buildings and monuments.

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Saint Paul’s Church

This is one of the oldest examples
of Jesuit architecture in Paris,
featuring classical elements such as
Corinthian pillars and heavy ornamentation.
The hearts of the great kings Louis XIII
and Louis XIV were kept here before the revolution.

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Picasso Museum

Housed in one of the nicest XVII century
French style mansions of the Marais quarter,
the Picasso Museum is devoted primarily
to the works of Pablo Picasso,
supplemented with an extensive Picasso’s
own personal art collection by Degas,
Matisse and other artists.

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Place des Vosges

The Place des Vosgues is a true square (140m x140m)
and a fine example of early urban planning.
One of the most beautiful squares in the oldest Paris
was called “royal” until 1799. Since then
it was renamed after The Vosges department,
which the first in France paid taxes supporting
a campaign of the Revolutionary army.

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House of Victor Hugo

A mansion where a former French Prime Minister Cardinal Richelieu
and the reputable poet and novelist Victor-Marie Hugo
once lived was converted to the museum.
Here you can visit the rooms where Victor Hugo
wrote his masterpieces and feast your eyes
on the restored dining room
that illustrious writer made entirely by himself
for his faithful mistress Juliette Drouet.

 

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Place de la Bastille

On July 14, 1789 the famous storming of the Bastille
provoked the beginning of the Great French Revolution.
The July Column rises in the middle of the square and is topped
with the “Genius of Liberty” statue that commemorates
the heroic Frenchmen, who died during the revolution of 1830.
The imposing Bastille Opera was built on the Place de la Bastille
in honor of the 200th anniversary of French Revolution.

 


 

The following tours may also attract your attention:


VERSAILLES

A respectable suburb Versailles in Parisian area is famous for the magnificent Palace of Versailles. The palace is one of the finest achievements of the XVIII-century art; built in baroque style, it symbolizes an absolute royal power and epitomizes harmony, delight and perfection.

PARIS ILLUMINATIONS NIGHT TOUR

Paris is marvelous by day, but even more unforgettable by night. Don’t miss the chance to take the Paris Night Tour and discover all its attractions wonderfully lit. Something enchanting happens when night sets in Paris and there is no doubt that it will steal your heart and you will fall in love with this magical city.

OPERA GARNIER

The sumptuous Opera Garnier was designed by the French architect Charles Garnier in times of Napoleon III. Founded in 1862, it was opened to public only 13 years later due to the Prussian War and uprising of 1871.