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Castles & Cathedrals of the Marais

culture walk

Castles & Cathedrals of the Marais

62 reviews
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Includes
Food
Hosted in
English
culture walk

Castles & Cathedrals of the Marais

culture walk

Castles & Cathedrals of the Marais

62 reviews
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Includes
Food
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

This is a private tour of the remnants of "old Paris" - the city that existed in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the city of hidden castles, imposing renaissance palaces & baroque mansions, medieval timbered houses, leafy courtyards hidden behind carriage doors, charming squares & public fountains. You will learn about the city's history, its rich architectural & cultural background, through researched commentary developed by a historian. Learn how the city was transformed (1853-1870) from a medieval warren of densely overpopulated streets to a modern city with broad avenues, city squares & parks, trees....and the world's 1st system of gas lighting. You will also see firsthand the nuances of Gothic vs Baroque architecture & art. By visiting the mansions & churches of the Marais we will see the transition from medieval Gothic to renaissance Baroque architecture & discover the rich past (and present) of this picturesque & trendy neighbourhood.

Your host

Learn more about Ellen

Ellen

I am a trained historian & you will learn about the city's history through my commented walks. All of my tours are researched, documented & scripted to ensure accuracy & interest. I have lived in this beautiful city for 30 years and will show you the best places to eat, shop, visit. Stroll with me on my unique Paris tours & discover the hidden Paris. All of my tours are small groups - maximum of 8 people - generally smaller - to allow for more interaction & personalisation. Follow my blog on https://www.facebook.com/visitthehiddenparis/

What's included

Food
Option cheese tasting €5

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Where you'll be

We will visit the hidden treasures of the Marais : medieval half-timbered houses, Gothic churches & cathedrals, Baroque mansions & squares. Hidden amongst the trendy boutiques are some of the city's oldest buildings - beautifully restored vestiges of the Middle Ages & Renaissance. I explain the history & architecture of these buildings to provide context. I share the rich past of the Marais (as well as a few insider shopping addresses).

Availability

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 6 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age. There is a considerable amount of walking so good walking shoes are imperative. However, frequent rest stops & café breaks are possible (and…

More tips

Please note there is a minimum of 2 persons per group - contact me if you are travelling solo. A cheese tasting can be arranged for €5/person with 48h advance notice.

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    With intimate group sizes, you’ll never get lost in the crowd.

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Ellen
Castles & Cathedrals of the Marais
62 reviews
From $57/person
62 reviews
From $57/person