Le Marais, where Jewish and French cultures live together
Le Marais is the name of an area located on the north of the Ile Saint-Louis in Paris. If the Ile-Sant-Louis belongs to the arrondissement 4, the Marais is divided between the 4th and the 3rd one. To understand which the limits of this zone are, you can refer to Republic square for the North, the Hotel de Ville for the West, the Seine for the South and the Bastille square for the East. The Marais is called so due to the fertility of the ground.
Le Marais is a district full of scenic attractions and museums to pay attention to. In addition to the Republic Square, in the Marais there is the museum dedicated to Picasso, the museum of art and history of Judaism – with access to national archives – and the museum dedicated to the history of Paris with documents and reconstructions, the Carnavalet. Plus, le Marais is the Jewish quarter of the city. In there, you can taste not only French specialties but discover and learn about the specialties and traditions of Jewish culture through shops and restaurants near rue des Rosiers, Vieille du Temple and Pavée.The Marais district is also famous for welcoming the homosexual city life of the city.
Le Marais is one of the few quarters that has not been contorted and twisted by the latest urban evolutions. The design of the streets where you can walk today is very faithful to the one thought and designed by Haussmann, the baron who gave Paris the current city structure. Over the last few centuries, the district has been considered worthy of being defined a safeguard and protection zone due to its historical importance.
If you want to reach Le Marais from the centre of Paris, you can do it easily and quickly. In fact, you can go there by subways and buses and is very close to the Seine. The nearest bridges linked to the Ile de la Cité are Pont d’Arcole and Pont Notre-Dame, one of the most ancient bridges of the city. The closest linked to the Ile Saint-Louis is Pont Marie.