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3rd arrondissement is actually a neighbourhood
with two sides to it: the Faubourg du Temple and the Marais.
It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods
of the capital.
distinctive features of the Faubourg du Temple extend to the
Rues Volta and Gravilliers. In this neighbourhood, with its
population very attached to its past, there is a popular air
which spreads from the shops supplying fairground stallholders
to the few leather goods specialists still present.
Marais, delimited by the former bed of the Seine, takes its
name from the market gardens which were there in the Middle
Ages. Its uniform architecture dating from the 13th century
is a delight to look at and for your curiosity: heavy doors
leading to inner courtyards, cobbled lanes and numerous little
gardens jealously hidden behind tall walls. Today, the homosexuals
have adopted certain streets of the Marais, making this neighbourhood
lively and bringing new fashion and music trends.
for everyone :
lovers of leisurely walks :
you are attracted by nature, choose the Faubourg du Temple
with the Square du Temple and of course the Carreau du Temple.
Its metal and glass architecture make it a very pleasant,
warm place. The paving stones of the Rue du Petit-Thouars
located near the Carreau will take you on a visit of workshops
with a medieval flavour. You can also visit the Musée
de la Chasse et de la Nature in Rue des Archives.
the other hand, if you prefer to wander along in a very lively
atmosphere, go for a little walk around the very secret roads
of the Marais. In the Rue des Oiseaux you can discover the
Marché des Enfants Rouges, one of the oldest in the
city. But if you just want to stroll around the streets, you
won't lose out because each of them has its own charm and
its own personality.