Gardens, passages, museums and palaces to know arrondissement 3
Arrondissement 3 is one of the most central areas of Paris. In fact, it is not far from the Ile de la Cité and from the Ile Saint-Louis. Arrondissement 3 includes famous districts as Le Marais, Les Archives, Sainte-Avoye and attractions such as the Centre Pompidou and the Louvre. This arrondissement is located on the rive droite (i.e. right bank) of the Seine.
In this arrondissement you can find some of the oldest buildings of the city, although Paris has begun to include this area since 1300.
Between the areas that are included in this arrondissement Le Marais stands out. It is a district where you can explore French traditions and Jewish culture.
Another feature of arrondissement 3 is the presence of numerous passages, glass and steel structures designed to allow walking and shopping during the colder seasons. Although the purpose of the passages has always been functional, these are structures that have acquired a monumental charm in the history. In this arrondissement the most famous are the Passage d’Alombert, the passage de l’Ancre, the Passage Barrois, the one of the Gravillers, the Meslay, the one of the Orgues and the Vertbois one.
The main attractions to visit are historic buildings such as the Hotel Salé (if you go inside you can visit the Museum dedicated to Picasso), the Hotel de Rohan and the Hotel de Guénégaud. In addition, there are the Liberal Bruand Hotel, where you can visit the Museum of the Lock; the Donon Hotel, where there is the Cognacq-Jay museum and the Hotel de Marle, which houses the Swedish cultural centre.
Arrondissement 3 hosts also other museums that you must visit! Some examples are the French National Archives, the Museum of Arts and Crafts and the Carnavalet Museum, where you can discover the history of France through maps, documents and small reproductions.
The third arrondissement is full of beautiful squares such as the Emile-Chautemps one. Those who prefer walking in the green areas can go to the Square du Temple, a large Parisian garden opened in 1857.The park is huge, fascinating and hosts lots of cultural events suitable for the whole family.