Le Marais and the Place des Vosges
Located in the historic heart of Paris, the Le Marais district (marsh) was a marshy area before becoming one of the most cosmopolitan and trendy districts in Paris.
After the construction of Place Royale (current Plaza des Vosges), the area began to attract the most select classes of society, who built the most exquisite residences and palaces. Nowadays, some of them are still converted into museums, such as the Carnavalet Museum, the Picasso Museum, the Cognacq-Jay Museum or the Victor Hugo House.
Today the neighborhood continues to be a very nice and quiet area where you can find a variety of restaurants and shops. In the area lies the largest Jewish community in Europe, in addition to forming the gay district of the city.
Place des Vosges
Inaugurated in 1612 with the celebration of marriage between Louis XIII and Anne of Habsburg, the Place des Vosges is the oldest square in Paris.
With dimensions of 127X140 meters, the square is surrounded by a set of 36 pavilions of red brick built symmetrically. In the center of the square is a pleasant garden full of linden trees, decorated with some fountains and an equestrian statue of Louis XIII.
On the ground floor of the pavilions there are some cafes and different art shops.
The House of Victor Hugo
At number 6 of the Place des Vosges is the one that was the house of Victor Hugo between the years 1832 and 1848. It is an apartment organized following the three main stages that articulated the life of the writer: its history before, during and After exile.
It is a perfectly decorated and furnished apartment that offers a free visit, so you can spend a few minutes to walk it.
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