The Marais: Musée Picasso To enjoy what Paris has to offer, the Marais district near the Musée Picasso is the perfect choice for renting an apartment. The charm of picturesque Paris The Marais has streets full of character where every aspect of Paris life can be seen. A former marshy area ("marais" meaning "marsh" in French), the Marais has gone from being a peripheral location to a very popular area of the capital where nobility had many mansions built. Even before the revolution, the district was abandoned by large numbers of the upper class, making way for workers and craftsmen. Largely untouched by Haussmann's influence, the Marais retains its medieval structure. Renovated during the contemporary era, it has once again become a very popular area with a strong artistic drive among the many galleries and museums constructed there. The Marais has also been well-known as the gay district since the end of World War I. Since the 19th century, the Marais district has also had a significant population of Ashkenazi Jews. Things to see and do The Musée Picasso, right in the center of the district, is one of the main attractions in the Marais. It is located in the Hôtel Salé, a large bourgeois mansion. Behind the building's classical architecture hides an unusual museum dedicated to Pablo Picasso. Works from the artist's whole life are on display together with several pieces from his personal collection (Matisse, Cézanne, Miró, Braque, etc.). Among the many mansions in the Marais, the Hôtel Carnavalet is particularly worth a visit. It has a museum dedicated to the history of Paris from prehistoric times to the modern day. This site is as much of a must-see as the Archives Nationales, situated in and around the Hôtel de Soubise. As for religious heritage, if you head towards the 4th arrondissement, you will find the Eglise Notre-Dame des Blancs Manteaux, then the Eglise des Billettes and its cloister, devoted to the Lutheran religion. Connections and businesses The lively Marais district has no shortage of businesses. There are a lot of restaurants with something for every budget. You can also shop in the famous Jewish boutiques, a truly unique experience. With regard to transport, the nearest metro stations are Chemin Vert and Saint-Sébastien Froissart on line 8. If the charms of Parisian life in the Marais appeal to you, why not take a look at our list of apartments?