The Marais

Metamorphoses of the Marais

An old quarter of Paris prompts us to immerse into French history. Once upon a time on the marshy lands of the Marais would spread numerous monasteries. A mighty fortress of the knights Templar was built here in the 12th century. Two centuries later French kings came to live in the Marais. Under Henry IV the beautiful Royal Square had been managed. Since then It has remained intact (it is called Place des Vosges now). At the 17th century the quarter became a preferable place to live for French aristocrats and finance elite of the capital. They had stylish and elegant mansions built by the best architects of the time. But after the Revolution of 1789 the character of the quarter had drastically changed.

The National Campaign to save and safeguard the Marais Initiated in 1968 by the Minister of Culture Andre Malraux returned to this area its original glance. Nowadays the Marais is one of the most attractive quarters of Paris. Depending on one's tastes and preferences, one will discover and enjoy a number of different Marais - a Noble one, a Literary one, a Medieval one, a Jewish Marais, a Marais of gays or dandies, or a Marais Gourmand.


  • The historical background of the Marais district from the early Middle Ages to the present day;
  • The Churches - Saint-Gervais-Saint-Tested; Saint-Paul-Saint Louis;
  • The Guimard Synagogue;
  • Mansions - Beauvais, Sens, Sully, Carnavalet, Lamoignon, Rohan-Soubise;
  • The Royal square (place des Vosges);
  • The Jewish quarter;
  • The fashionable Marais;
  • The artistic Marais.

Price and timing

The tour lasts from 2 to 3 hour

From 120 € for the group