3. Paris: Le Marais District Jewish History Guided Walking Tour
Journey through the heart of Marais, Paris’s renowned Jewish district, on guided walking tour. Discover the most significant landmarks related to Jewish history including the Documentation Center, the Mémorial de la Shoah, the Hector Guimard Synagogue, and Rue des Rosiers. Meet your guide outside the Hotel de Ville and get an in-depth insight into the rich history of the Jewish community in Paris throughout the centuries. Learn where they first settled and why the Marais district became the hub of the Jewish community in the city. Visit the Holocaust Memorial (Mémorial de la Shoah), and pay respects to the millions of lives lost during World War II. Witness a moving exhibition of photographs, personal effects, and testimonies from Holocaust survivors, which sheds light on the daily lives of Parisian Jews and their experiences during the war. Next, stroll around Village Saint Paul, an area where Jews were hidden during the Nazi occupation. Discover the radical changes that the area has undergone in recent years, now a charming neighborhood with numerous art studios and cafés. Make your way to the Hector Guimard Synagogue, the largest synagogue in the area, and discover its rich architectural and cultural significance. Admire its exterior which is a masterpiece of Art Nouveau architecture featuring intricate ironwork, vibrant stained glass, and flowing organic lines. Stroll down the Rue des Rosiers, a bustling street lined with Jewish bakeries, delis, and shops. Hear stories and insights into the vibrant Jewish culture that still thrives in this charming corner of Paris. Finish your tour of Marais outside the Museum of Jewish Art and History, where you can choose to visit at your own leisure to learn more about the unique and fascinating artistic traditions of Jewish culture, and their role in French society and history.