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How the Marais Neighborhood Was Almost Razed, Episode 103

Place des Vosges in the Marais, photo John Mason
Place des Vosges in the Marais, photo John Mason

How the Marais Neighborhood Was Almost Razed

The city of Paris considered razing the Marais in order to build this the monstrosity pictured below. It was supposed to be a brilliant idea by Le Corbusier, but it would have been one of the greatest sins perpetrated against the City of Light.

Everyone loves the Marais neighborhood today, so it is hard to believe that at one point it was on the chopping block. This episode is the story of the circumstances that made such a near miss come about.

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You may also want to listen to Episode 27 where Elyse told us about the history of the Marais Neighborhood, and Episode 37 about Marseilles and its famous Cité Radieuse.

Marais Plan Voisin Le Corbusier
The Plan Voisin by Le Corbusier

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Le Marais Neighborhood in Paris, Episode 27

Le Marais Place des Vosges
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Le Marais Neighborhood in Paris

Today on episode 27 of Join Us in France we explore Le Marais neighborhood in Paris. Yes, it used to be a swamp, but be assured it hasn’t been one for many centuries! The Marais is one of the oldest, most charming neighborhoods of Paris, full of windy streets, wonderful restaurants, antique shops, small museums, and Elyse can’t get enough of it.

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Episode Highlights

  • Historical Backgroud of Le Marais neighborhood in Paris
  • Knights Templars
  • Later developments with Henry IV
  • Place des Vosges
  • Village Saint-Paul
  • There are many museums in Le Marais
  • Jewish Museum in Le Marais
  • Brunch is the new trend in France
  • Le Marais as a gay neighborhood
  • The feel of Paris
  • More Must-See in Le Marais
    • Place des Vosges
    • Hôtel de Sully
    • Musée Carnavalet (at least peek in the courtyard)
  • Picasso Museum
  • Cognacq-Jay (free)
  • Hôtel de Soubise
  • Victor-Hugo apartment (free)
  • Maison Européenne de la Photographie
  • Musée de la chasse et de la nature
  • Musée de la poupée (dolls)
  • Elyse’s tour in the Marais

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