Enjoy time exploring the historic district of Paris with a certified sightseeing guide. Learn this city’s heritage as you see first-hand why the glorious time of the Marais was during the 17th and 18th centuries.
King Henry IV built the Royal Place, the current Place des Vosges. As you will see, 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 writers and scientists. Thus, Paris made a reputation of capital of sociability.
At the end of Louis XIV’s reign in 1715, the aristocrats gradually abandoned the Marais. 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. Workshops were built in the former gardens and courtyards.
It’s only in 1962 that the Marais became officially protected as historical patrimony, and that it’s rehabilitation has started until nowadays.
You will see, 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 its amazingly rich architecture. We will visit art galleries, boutiques with avant-garde fashion, designers, lively cafés and markets. The vitality of the Marais attracts lovers of history and a creative and artistic crowd.