Reputation: Historical, fashionable and home to much of Paris gay nightlife scene is a simply of describing the Marais district in the 4th arrondissement. The 4th arrondissement contains the southern part of the medieval Marais as well as the eastern part of Île de la Cité, the oldest part of Paris and Île St-Louis, which in itself is a Paris dream and actually feels like a village in the middle of the city. The 4th arr. used to be the french aristocrats playground, hence an excess of beautiful and historic architectures in this arrondissement. In 1240, the Order of the Temple built its church in the northern part of the Marais and turned the district into a coveted area with many religious institutions. During the mid-13th century, the King of Naples and Sicily, built his residence near the current n°7 rue de Sévigné. In 1361, King Charles V built the Hôtel Saint-Pol, a mansion where he resided during his reign and today’s Place des Vosges was the 17th century Royal Square. This arrondissement is highly popular and with historical architecture such as the Notre-Dame Cathedral and Hotel de Ville.
Don’t miss: Centre Pompidou for modern art, Hôtel de Ville. Notre-Dame de Pari, Saint-Louis-en-l’Île Church, Place de la Bastille, Rue de Rivoli, Place des Vosges.