Take a gentle stroll between the place du Châtelet and place des Vosges to enjoy a spot of shopping, or discover local heritage … in fact, everything is possible as long as you know how to juggle with different styles.
The medieval Jean-sans-Peur Tower surges out from amongst Haussmanian buildings, while the flamboyant Gothic architecture of the Saint-Jacques Tower is just a stone’s throw from the fountain at Châtelet, built in praise of Napoleon I. The square in front of the neo-Renaissance Paris City Hall is also an impromptu venue for beach-volleyball.
The church of Saint-Eustache, where Molière was christened, stands next to the metallic footbridges of the Les Halles gardens. A few steps away from the Renaissance bas-reliefs of the Fountain of the Innocents is the Pompidou Centre, symbol of 20th-century architecture and home to modern and contemporary art collections.
The Marais district combines a whirl of creative design with the delights of the Jewish Quarter, around rue des Rosiers, and a magnificently preserved historic centre. Busy streets give way to tiny enclosed squares, gardens and numerous museums, including the Carnavalet, Picasso and the National Archives, housed in mansion houses that rival each other in splendour.
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