The Hotel Charles V on Rue Saint-Paul in Paris’ 4th arrondissement is located in the district of Le Marais, the historic heart of Paris, which has always and still is fashionable and lively, with a young and dynamic spirit to it.
Since Le Marais’ golden age during the 14th century to the present day, the district has always been a place of intrigue - a place of mystery, envy and architectural creation; a place of leisure for the nobility; a place of creativity for artisans and artists.
A stone’s throw from the Charles V, the Hôtel de Sens is one of the rare remnants of a medieval civil residence in Paris, and one of the loveliest townhouses in the city. The Archbishop of Sens, Tristan de Salazar had this residence built between 1475 and 1519, and the famous Queen Margot once resided here. Just next door, students at the Lycée Charlemagne (a former Jesuit monastery) play football at the foot of a long wall which is none other than the largest remaining fragment of the fortified compound of King Philip Augustus. Just behind this lies the Village Saint-Paul in the former gardens of Charles V, who resided at the Hôtel Saint-Pol, unfortunately destroyed in the 16th century.
On Rue Saint-Antoine, be sure to admire the façade of the Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis Church, a splendid Baroque church built in the 17th century for Louis XIII. Crossing the Rue de Rivoli, you’ll soon be in the Place des Vosges. The former royal square perfectly illustrates the classical French style and is a unique example of 17th century architecture. Walking along the arches, you’ll discover numerous gourmet restaurants and cafés and terraces, perfect for a break or meal as well as numerous art galleries.
A walk in Le Marais wouldn’t be complete without going to Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, the most popular shopping street in Le Marais (boutiques open on Sunday) and Rue des Rosiers, which in addition to being great for shopping, is the heart of the Jewish quarter with many restaurants where many Parisians flock for well-regarded specialities (such as falafel, often served in a sandwich with salad garnishings).
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