Le Marais – Cultural Layers

These rings were displayed for sale in the window of a jewelry shop on a side street of the 4th arrondissements, along with other Jewish accessories.

This very fashionable and expensive shop in the Marais exhibits not only the focus on fashion in the area today but also, by retaining the original “Boulangerie Patisserie” signage, acts as a palimpsest, revealing prior use of the space.

The writing engraved above this building indicates the previous aristocratic demographic presence in the Marais. “The Black Cat,” or House Courtin was once a luxury confectionary, but has now become a men’s clothing store.

This photo is of a banner advertisement outside of “Bar Sly,” a gay bar in the Marais. This indicates the previous prevalence of the gay community in the Marais.

Map Marker

22 Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75003 Paris, France
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