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The first Saint-Gervais Saint-Protais Church was built in the 6th Century in the Marais district in Paris. The construction of its current shape started in 1494 and lasted 150 years. It is consequently the oldest parish of the Seine’s right bank. Even though its style is definitely Gothic, the French classicism has inspired the creation of the facade, which was finished in 1621. This facade has a distinctive feature: it has three different Greek-style columns; moreover, one can also admire the two sundials: one is made with Roman numerals, to the southeast, the other with Arabic numerals, to the southwest. Inside the Saint-Gervais Saint-Protais Church, one can look at the oldest church organ of Paris.
Completed in 1552, Eglise Saint-Merri was built in entirely Gothic style. The origins of the site date back to the 17th Century and the name dates back to a century later when Saint Mérédic was buried. Looted during the Revolution, the church was restored in the 19th Century. Notice the medieval style from the outside and inside as well as in the 16th-century windows. Famous composer of the opera Samson and Dalila and friend of Ravel, Camille Saint-Saëns played the organ which itself dates back to the 17th Century. Visit website for more i
At number 1-3 rue Ursins stands a very old house with a Medieval tower and windows. No doubt, you are facing a bourgeois mansion from medieval times. You may think you can feel a kind of feudal atmosphere in this street, even in this area, but not really! The architect Fernand Poullion built this incredible house in 1958: it is a patchwork of the old house that was located right here and various elements and materials collected from medieval ruins (wrought iron, stained glass windows…). The result is very confusing. The location – facing the Seine river, near Notre-Dame church and Hôtel de Ville – makes this house one of the most sought-after houses of the Capital. It is the former residence of Aga-Khan, and would be owned today by a Middle East Prince. Call +33 8 3668 3112 (Tourist Information)
This oft celebrated theater is situated in the heart of Paris. Théâtre du Renard has hosted many notable theatrical companies, including Maiakovski and Choderlos de Laclos. The program is eclectic and is specifically tailored to appeal to children and adults alike, and international plays are often performed in their native language. The theater seats 100 people.
Sarah Bernhardt's name seems to be plastered everywhere around this theater - except on the theater itself, since she no longer owns it. The city is now in charge of this theater built in 1862, and the performances slated here are usually of the modern dance or music variety, in contrast to the more traditional program of the Théâtre du Châtelet, just across the square.
Flanked by iconic French landmarks like the majestic Notre Dame and the Conciergerie, Marché aux Fleurs et aux Oiseaux has been in operation since 1808, making it the oldest and lone surviving floral market in Paris. Located in the heart of Ile de la Cité, the avenue sees an array of shops featuring exotic flowers, plants and shrubs. From primroses and orchids to violets and myrtles, the seasonal blooms paint a beautiful and tranquil picture in the tourist-dominated area. Open throughout the week, Sundays see bird traders set up shop with rare species of parrots, macaws, doves and budgies, as well as cages, seeds and accessories.