Layers of History in the Marais

At this hotel in the Marais, one of the first victims of the French Revolution died from a gunshot wound. His name was Jacques de Flesselles and he was the provost of the merchants of Paris. He died here, at the Hôtel de Ville, on July 14, 1789.In the 19th century, the Marais became known as a Jewish neighborhood. Vestiges of that era may still be found on a few side streets of the Marais in the form of temples, book stores, Jewish restaurants, and the occasional Hassidic Jew walking along the street.In the 20th century, the Marais became known as a gay community. Remnants of that era are visible in the rainbow-like graffiti works along many of the walls of this neighborhood.

Visitors to the Marais today know it as a fashionable shopping district. Just two of its many shops are depicted here.

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Marais, Paris, France
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