Visit of the historical area in the center of Paris: the Marais

Private tour in the historical center of Paris, the aristocratic area of the Marais. On foot or by bicycle.

Place des Vosges

 

 

The visit lasts 3 hours.

200 € / group of 1 to 6 pers

 

 

 

The Golden age

The glorious time of the Marais was during the 17th and 18th centuries. The king Henry IV built the Royal Place, the current Place des Vosges. It became the center of the elegance during this time.
That's why many aristocrats and wealthy families had settled down in this area. Many private mansions were built, with gorgeous decoration and splendid architecture. 
The first "salons" were held in the Marais, and became the place to meet wits, elegant ladies, prominent writters and scientists. Thus, Paris made a reputation of capital of sociability.

 

From decline to historical patrimony

At the end of Louis XIV's reign in 1715, the Marais was gradually abandonned by the aristocrats. The Royal Court moved to Versailles, the faubourg Saint-Germain and the faubourg Saint-Honoré.
During the 19th century, the Marais became poor and industrious. Workshop were built in the former gardens and courtyards. Hopefully, Haussmann didn't destroy it!
It's only in 1962 that the Marais became officially protected as historical patrimony, and that it's rehabilitation has started until nowadays.

 

Today, the Marais is a trendy area, with bohemian and effortless elegance. Located in the center of Paris, Parisians love to stroll around this unique area due to it's rich historical past. Art galleries, boutiques with avant-garde fashion, designers, lively cafés, market... The vitality of the Marais attracts lovers of history and a creativ and artistic crowd.

Your guide is a local, who was raised there since it's birth. Therefore, she knows the charming places and theirs secrets...

 

Place des Vosges Place des Vosges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

l'Ambroisie, Restaurant Under the arcades, Place des Vosges, Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Passage Hotel de Sully Hotel de Sully

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel de Sully 17e siècle style

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel de Sully Hotel de Sully

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

painted beams, Paris Marais stair case, Paris Marais

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rue de Poitou Rue Payenne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donjon street a local

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Private mansion in le Marais, Paris - hôtel particulier à Paris, dans le Marais Carnavalet

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel de Sauroy Porte cochère - Paris Marais

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staircase, Paris Marais Staircase

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secret garden, Paris Marais café Charlot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

café Charlot Romance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Devanture classée Hotel du Petit Moulin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

décor classé Lion fountain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Painted staircase, Paris Marais Painted staircase

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staircase, Paris Marais Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boutique, Marais, Paris Café Suédois

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marché des Enfants Rouges Rue Pastourelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Naked woman among the roses Business and history

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Private mansion in a rose garden, Marais, Paris building, Paris, Marais