THE MARAIS DISTRICT &
PLACE DES VOSGES - Paris
The Place des Vosges (Vosges' square) lies in the heart of the fashionable Marais district, not far from the new Bastille opera. King Henri IV decided its construction at the beginning of the 17th century. The Place des Vosges has a brick and stone architecture unique in Paris. It also features an homogeneous square design and lovely arcades. The place des Vosges has been the scene of many historic events over the centuries since 1612, its inauguration year. This square with its impressive symmetry is considered among the most beautiful in the world with its thirty six houses built in brick and stones.
At the Place des Vosges, you will find many shops, cafés and restaurants. And for the window shoppers, don't forget to take a look at the fine antique store, and the book and record shops. Ever since it was thoroughly renovated, with many types of restaurants offering lunch and dinner or simply drinks. Window shoppers will find the antique stores, the book and record shops, or the boutiques nested in the arcade to be most inviting. Weather permitting, one can take a nap in the public gardens.
Victor Hugo, author of "Les Miserables" and "Notre Dame de Paris" lived between 1832 and 1848 at number 6, which is now a museum.
The Place des Vosges is close to the metro station Saint-Paul on line 1. It can also be reached on foot from the Pompidou center (15 minutes), the Bastille opera (10 minutes) or the Notre-Dame cathedral (20 minutes), all of them very pleasant walks.
How to get there
Metro line 1,5 or 8 : Bastille, St-Paul or Breguet Sabin
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