The most impressive private mansions in the Marais quarter

This large area of Paris, known as the Marais, bordered to the south by the river Seine and to the north by a onetime tributary, is dotted with many imposing private mansions dating from the "Grand Siècle" (17th century). They are fine examples of classical French architecture.

The tour takes in many famous sights. For example, la Place des Vosges, formerly Place Royale, built for the king Henri IV which made it a fashionable area of the city for the aristocracy, and the grandiose Soubise Mansion, erected at the end of the 17th century. But we will also discover many less known and discreet mansions, often now used as museums and their lovely formal gardens now used as small public parks.