The Quartier du Temple and the Quartier du Marais with their narrow and
busy streets, still bear the stamp of the days of Henri IV. These quarters
are the home of fancy goods.
Round here are many cid hotels; a few extremely beatiful ones recenty
renoved, are open to visitors; The Hôtel de Soubise (Archives Nationales)
the Hôtel Carnavalet, which is now the Musée Historique de
la Ville de Paris (Paris Historical Museum) built 1548, altered by MANSART
in 1655 (Mme de Sévigne lived there from 1677 to 1696), the Hôtel
des Ambassadeurs de Hollande, Hôtel de Juigné, Hotel de Sens,
Hôtel de Sully, Hôtel Lamoignon...
The Quartier du Marais is nowadays very fashionable. Numerous Theatral
shows during the season are given in magnificent hotels recenty restored.
The nearby Place des Vosges, built in the purest Renaissance style, is
the oldest square in Paris (formely the Place Royale), it was drawn up
in 1605, on the advice of Henri IV, and was, until 1897, the centre of
bright life and pleasure.
Visit in the ancient Quartier des Halles, the most modern Museum «
Centre National d'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou ».