THE MARAIS DISTRICT & PLACE DES VOSGES - Paris
This tree-lined romantic square
is one of the oldest and most handsome square in Paris. Surrounded
by the arcades of splendid palaces, it was a meeting place for its
elegant and wealthy population in the 17th century. Originally called
La Place Royale in 1612, it received its current name
after the Revolution.
The Place des Vosges (Vosges' square) is located 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
The Place des Vosges today
Many Parisians consider The Place des Vosges as one of the most
beautiful plazas in the city.
In the center of the Place, there is a statue of Louis XIII which
dates back to 1825.
This replaces the original that was a reminder of the anti-aristocratic
fury of the revolution.
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.
The Place des Vosges also features a peaceful and refreshing garden.
It is a good starting point for a visit to the Marais district or
shopping in the rue des Françs-Bourgeois nearby. 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
From Villathena take the bus line 81 at Saint Lazare until Pont Neuf and line 69 until Saint Paul in 30 minutes.
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