Tourist Attractions in Paris – Le Marais

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Paris Attractions in the 4th Arrondissement

Tourist attractions in Paris include a visit to the southern and lively part of the medieval district called Le Marais.

The Marais is home to trendy art galleries, haute couture fashion houses, and superb cafes and restaurants.

Paris Attractions - Hotel de Sully in Le Marais
At Place des Vosges – the Hotel de Sully – site of a Former Orangerie

Tourist Attractions in Paris – The Fashionable District of Le Marais

Spend some leisure time in the Renaissance square of Place des Vosges, one of the oldest squares in Paris. There are many famous residences at Place des Vosges, such as Hotel du Sully and Maison de Victor Hugo.

In the center of the square is a beautiful park, one of the popular tourist attractions in Paris with a stunning water fountain. This is a great spot to plan a picnic or relax and read a book. All around the square of Place des Vosges are wonderful shops and restaurants.

In the heart of the Mariais, the elegant Place des Vosges is an aesthetically pleasing square with perfect symmetry of 36 houses equally placed on four sides supported by graceful rows of arcades.

Paris Attractions - Place des Vosges
Place des Vosges

The Marais is possibly one of the most beautiful and most fascinating districts of Paris with exquisite character and a wonderful blend of culture and styles.

This neighbouhood features new deigners, clothing, jewellry and leather boutiques, bookshops, cafes, exhibiition spaces, historical landmarks, grand architecture, and romantic winding streets decorated with coach lamps and artisitc ironwork which add to the magical setting.

If you are looking for a romantic place to stay, the Marais would be a good choice with plenty of boutique hotels and apartmental rentals.

Places to visit include the Hôtel de Sens, the Hotel du Sully, House of Victor Hugo, Berthillon, a French luxury ice cream and sorbet parlor, with its main store on the Île Saint-Louis island in the Seine, and the Shoah Memorial in the Jewish quarter.

Paris Attractions - Place des Vosges Arches and Passageways
Boutiques and Restaurants at Place des Vosges under Vaulted Arcades

At Place des Vosges, you can enjoy the beauty of antiquity and the conveniences of modernism at the same time.

If you are a modern art lover, head over to the north end of the 4th District (Metro stop: Rambuteau) and visit the modernistic and unique art gallery Pompidou Centre which features a fantastic collection of contemporary art.

In the 4th Arrondissement you will find one of the most important Paris attractions, the Renaissance-era Hôtel de Ville (Paris City Hall).

Many important festivities and celebrations are held at Hôtel de Ville, both inside and outside of the building.

Paris Attractions The City Hall - Hotel de Ville
Hotel de Ville – Paris City Hall

The 4th district is very centrally located, right between the Châtelet and Bastille areas on the Right Bank of the Seine River, bordered to the west by the 1st arrondissement; to the north by the 3rd, to the east by the 11th and the 12th, and to the south by the River Seine and the 5th arrondissement.

A great deal of the 4th arrondissement is what used to be medieval Paris and a lot of evidence from the era, such as the little streets, cafés, and boutique shops can be found on both islands in the Seine River and in the narrow streets of the lower Marais.

Paris Attractions - Notre Dame Catheral
Notre Dame Cathedral Paris – View from the Seine River

Tourist Attractions in Paris – Notre Dame Cathedral

The eastern part of the 4th district contains Île de la Cité, the island with Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral, as well as the smaller neighbouring island Île Saint-Louis , with its lovely winding cobblestone streets and residential neighbourhood.

In the photograph below you can see the flying buttresses of the Notre Dame Cathedral used to transmit the horizontal force of a vaulted ceiling through the walls and across an intervening space to a counterweight outside the building

The flying buttresses are generally considered a hallmark of Gothic architecture, employed by the Byzantines, and in early Romanesque work, but were masked by other constructions or hidden under a roof.

By 1150 flying buttresses were intentionally left exposed by architects and became decorative features in their own right,

Paris Attractions - View of Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral on the Island of Ile de la Cite in the Seine River

Tourist Attractions in Paris – The Island in the Seine River

Ile de la Cite is a charming island with romantic winding cobblestone walkways and hidden nooks and crannies to discover. After admiring the Notre Dame Cathedral, wander around to visit the flower and the bird markets, Marché aux Fleurs and Marché aux Oiseaux, located on the north side of the island.

In the photo below, I was celebrating my birthday, having dinner on a boat on the left bank of the Seine River and totally in awe of the beautiful view of the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Paris Attractions - Notre Dame Cathedral and Sunset
Notre Dame Cathedral in the Paris Sunset

Tourist Attractions in Paris – Paris Shopping at BHV

The 4th arrondissement has great shopping. Walk along the Rue de Rivoli and you will find an abundance of unique stores.

If you are visiting the Paris City Hall – Hôtel de Ville, make sure to stop in across the street at the Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville (BHV) department store in the photo above for a shopping adventure. This department store has spectacular architecture and sells everything from clothes, hand bags, perfumes, and furniture.

Paris Attractions - Bazar de l'Hôtel de Ville
Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville (BHV) on the left opposite the Paris City Hall

The 4th district is desirable for its old buildings and multi-cultural exposure.

The Hôtel de Sens is a rare medieval building built between 1475 and 1507 with elegant formal gardens and an arched entryway which leads into a courtyard.

Since 1961, Hôtel de Sens serves as one of Paris museums and is a new home to the “Bibliothèque Forney” library, devoted to the decorative arts, to the art professions, and to the fine arts.

Hotel de Sens
Hotel de Sens – Travel Back in Time

This a great place in Paris France to take a journey into history.

Top Tourist Attractions in Paris – 4th Arrondissement

  • Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville department store
  • Berthillon
  • Centre Georges Pompidou
  • Hôtel de Sens and the Bibliothèque Forney
  • Hôtel de Sully, on the site of a former orangery
  • Hôtel de Ville
  • Le Marais
  • Marché aux Fleurs et Oiseaux (The Market of Flowers and Birds)
  • Maison de Victor Hugo (House of Victor Hugo)
  • Memorial of the Shoah
  • Notre-Dame de Paris (Notre Dame Cathedral)
  • Place de la Bastille (shared with the 11th and 12th arrondissements), including the July Column (Colonne de juillet)
  • Place des Vosges

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