3rd Arrondissement

The Third Arrondissement is located on the Rive Droite (Right Bank) of Paris. It is one of the smaller arrondissements of Paris, but still contains many wonderful sites. For one it shares with the 4th Arrondissement the historic Marais district. The portion lying within the Third is the calmer half, which makes the Third the perfect blend for a person looking for a Paris apartment in a quiet and historical setting. What makes the Marais so special however? The Marais was founded by the Order of the Temple, or the Knights Templar, when they constructed their fortified headquarters there. Their construction was quickly followed by numerous other religious structures. This attracted the attention of the French aristocracy, whom built their Hôtels (urban mansions) in the area. By the beginning of the 17th century King Henri IV built the Place des Vosges within the Marais. The Place des Vosges, which still exists today, now comprises a part of the dividing line between the Third and Fourth. This splendid square became the archetype of royal city planning in Europe. Through history it has included such famous residents as Cardinal Richelieu and Victor Hugo. So, why not follow in the steps of the French aristocracy, Cardinal Richelieu, and Victor Hugo by acquiring a fantastic Paris apartment in the Third?

The Third is the perfect place to have a Paris apartment for museum lovers. This is because the decline of the French aristocracy during and after the revolution left many of the mansions in the Third open to become museums. For instance, the Hôtel Carnavalet and the Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint Fargeau came to be the Musée Carnavalet. This museum traces the history of Paris from its origins as the pre-Roman village of Lutèce. The Third is also host to the Musée de l’Histoire de France in the Hôtel de Soubise. This museum of French history displays rotating collections of documents from various figures in French history. There is also the Institut Tessin, in the Hôtel de Marle, which is dedicated to Franco-Swedish artistic exchanges. Not only does this museum contain a collection of hundreds of painting, drawings, prints, watercolors, and even thousands of books, but also a Swedish café and theater. It is truly the perfect Scandinavian retreat in the middle of Paris. Science geeks, however, will prefer the Musée des Arts et Métiers, which chronicles the history of scientific innovations. This museum has gathered an impressive collection since its foundation in 1794. Clearly the Third is a fantastic location for museum aficionados who are looking for a Paris apartment.

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