The Marais district stretching through the 3rd and 4th arrondissements has many amazing sites to see. As mentioned in my earlier post on Le Marais, this gorgeous popular district in Paris was once home to many of the aristocracy who built their famous maisons in spectacular architecture and opulence of the times. A few sites in the Marais are definitely worth your time.
The Hôtel de Sully is a hôtel particulier, or private mansion, which was built between 1625 and 1630 for the Duke of Sully and today represents one of Paris’ finest examples of Louis XIII architecture. Although you can’t go inside, a walk around this gorgeous work of art is worth your while.
Nearby the Hotel de Sully is the spectacular Place des Vosges which was built in the early 1600s by Henri IV for Paris’ aristocracy and was the most elite residential place in all of Paris. Today, the Place des Vosges 36-perfectly symmetrical buildings is a place to have a cup of cafe or enjoy its peaceful interior gardens.
Saint-Paul Saint-Louis cathedral
Perhaps my absolute favorite site in Le Marais besides all the fabulous outdoor cafes and restaurants around the Bastille is the breathtaking Saint-Paul Saint-Louis cathedral. The cathedral was built between 1627 and 1641 and is a beautiful example of the splendor of Louis XIV.
I first saw the cathedral at night as the sun was setting.
As I looked up and marveled at the majestic pipe organs, I closed my eyes and brought myself back to twenty years before when I was a student in Paris and would go to the cathedrals on Sundays just to hear the organs play. I could almost hear the music now.
Author’s note: This post is part of my series on my recent trip to France. To read my most recent post on Paris, click here.
Stay tuned…more pictures on Paris coming up next and then we will head south to Provence.