What To See In The 4th Arrondissement

Hotel de Ville

The Hotel de Ville is Paris' city hall. Like many famous buildings in Paris, it was destroyed in the 1871 commune - those pesky communards, up to no good as usual - and then rebuilt.

The facade of the current building is true to the 16th century renaissance design of its predecessor and is arguably the grandest building of that style in Paris today.

Place des Vosges

This is the oldest square in Paris. Dating from the early 17th century, it was the first of a series of squares built in the city for the rich and upper classes.

It tends to draw tourists who are interested in the architecture - while the buildings look identical, you can see they differ by the heights of their windows - and those who wish to see the house of Victor Hugo (house #6).

Place des Vosges

(above: Place des Vosges)

Pompidou Center

This site has a special page for the Pompidou Center, so I'll only say a few things here.

It's worth a visit just to see the building close up. Plus, there's a really cool fountain round the corner from it (Place Igor Stravinski). And, as it's so central - and so close to the Hotel de Ville, Chatalet and Les Halles, you can visit it without going too far out of your way.

Rue des Rosiers

This street is the heart of Jewish Paris. It's a great place to go for Jewish food and, if you've never eaten Jewsih cuisine, try "Chez Marianne", which serves wonderful food.

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