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Visit Paris: Bastille - Marais - Notre-Dame de Paris

A walk from Bastille to Notre-Dame via the Marais and the City Hall of Paris.

The tour starts at the Place de la Bastille. This square is the symbolic place of the French Revolution, where the old fortress of the Bastille was stormed on July 14, 1789, which marked the first act of the French Revolution. In the centre of the square is the July Column, decided by Louis-Philippe. It was inaugurated in 1840. On the square, you can find the Bastille Opera House, built during the seven years of François Mitterrand in order to democratize the opera. The entrance to the Marais district is via the Place des Vosges, a former royal square. Construction began in 1605 under the reign of Henri IV and was completed on the occasion of the engagement of Louis XIII and Anne of Austria. The route follows the Rue des Rosiers, the main street of a traditionally Jewish district. However, the typical character of this street tends to disappear with the installation of clothing signs whose appearance is the same throughout the world. Then change of atmosphere with the other part of the Marais and the passage in front of the Point-Virgule "the smallest of the large Parisian rooms" dedicated nowadays to the theatre-café and which saw in particular started: Jean-Marie Bigard, Pierre Palmade, Laurent Ruquier, Chantal Ladesou, Florence Foresti, Anne Roumanoff, Stephane Guillon...The end of the hike passes by the 2 islands of Paris: The island Saint-Louis (recommended stop at Berthillon, famous ice-cream parlour- guaranteed attendance in summer) and the island of the city, cradle of the city of Paris.

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Duration: 2 h.

Departure from Place de la Bastille

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Departure from Place de la Bastille
The departure of this walk is located at the Place de la Bastille. At this place stood the old fortress of the Bastille taken on July 14, 1789. No remnants remain. In the center of the square is the July column.

Passage Rue Saint-Antoine

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Passage Rue Saint-Antoine
From the Place de la Bastille follow the Rue Saint Antoine, then take the Rue de Birague. You can see the typical facades of the Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges
The Place des Vosges is a former royal square. Its construction began under Henry IV. It was inaugurated under Louis XIII.

Rue des Francs-Bourgeois

Rue des Francs-Bourgeois
Under the arcades of the Place des Vosges you can find many art galleries and café or restaurant terraces. The walk continues in the Marais by taking the rue des Francs-Bourgeois.

Rue des Rosiers

Rue des Rosiers
The hike takes the rue des Rosiers after the rue Pavée.

Semicolon

Semicolon
The walk continues in the Marais, rue Saint croix de la Bretonnerie. We pass in front of the Point Virgule theatre. We will have taken the rue Vieille du temple after the rue des Rosiers.

Rue du Temple

Rue du Temple
After the rue de Moussy and the rue de la verrerie, take the rue du temple. You can see Notre Dame in the distance.

City Hall

City Hall
Passing in front of the Paris City Hall. Burned down during the Paris Commune, it was rebuilt identically. Under the Royalty, the Place de gréve was dedicated to capital executions.

Louis-Philippe Bridge

Louis-Philippe Bridge
Instead of going directly to Notre-Dame on the Ile de la Cité, we take a detour to the Ile Saint Louis via the Pont Louis Philippe.

Ile Saint-Louis

Ile Saint-Louis
Less known than the Ile de la Cité, the Ile Saint Louis is the second natural island of Paris. Located in the 4th arrondissement, it has about 2500 inhabitants.

Berthillon

Berthillon
Optional stop in front of the Berthillon ice cream shop at 31 Rue St Louis en l'île. The establishment being very popular, the wait can be very long in the summer before getting an ice cream cone.

Notre-Dame de Paris

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Notre-Dame de Paris
End of the walk at Notre Dame Cathedral. Gothic style, the construction started around 1163. You can visit the towers (422 steps). The queue is always long.

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