Marais - Ile de la Cité - Ile Saint Louis
The Ile de la Cité, best known for the cathedral of Notre Dame, is the cradle of Paris. There are very few residential buildings, as these were replaced in the 19th century by administrative and hospital structures. The more residential area of the Ile Saint Louis was covered with houses from 1640 on, and in particular by a large number of private mansions, whence its nickname “Ile des Palais”. The Marais, one of the oldest historical neighbourhoods in Paris, was originally an area of swamps and occupied from the 12th century on by religious orders. At the beginning of the 17th century, after the Place des Vosges was built, the neighbourhood, up to then an outlying district, became the residential area of choice for the Parisian aristocracy. Numerous mansions were built, many of which still exist today. Its narrow, winding streets, which were typical of Paris before the Haussmann era, will delight those looking for a charming apartment or high-end town house to buy or to rent.