Rue des Rosiers

Rue des Rosiers (87)

Le Marais is an incredible district, the heart of what in its time was the Jewish quarter and therefore full of Jewish resonances, but also Masonic, Templar… and today gay. 

Streets sprinkled with restaurants, art galleries, kosher butchers’ shops, bookshops, synagogues, cake shops… this is one of the most picturesque areas of Paris.

Rue des Rosiers is the centre of the area known as the Jewish district. It is quite common here to see orthodox Jews with their typical clothing and shop signs written in Hebrew. If you want to try the typical Jewish kosher cuisine this is the best spot.

The name of the street, rose trees, refers to the rose trees that grew alongside the old city wall. The Jews arrived in this area in the 13th century. The Jewish quarter disappeared after the expulsion of the Jews in 1344. In the 19th century there was a new wave of Jewish immigrants who came from Russia, Poland and Central Europe. The Sephardic Jews from Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt also settled here in the 50s and 60s. 

In the nearby Rue Pavée, meaning paved street, the first cobbled street in Paris, at number 10 you will find the Guimard Synagogue, in art nouveau style, designed by the same artist, Guimard, who designed the characteristic entrances to the metro. And a little further on, at number 24 you can see a magnificent example of Renaissance small palaces.

In the district also stands the Memorial to the Unknown Jewish Martyr monument. It comprises an eternal flame that burns in a crypt. The monument is a tribute to the unknown Jewish victims of the Holocaust. On a large cylinder feature the names of the concentration camps where millions of people died at the hands of the Nazis. In 2005 a wall was added with the names of the 76,000 Jews who were deported from France to the concentration camps. 

Enjoy the Pletz, the area comprising Rue des Rosiers and its environs. Except for Saturday, when almost everything is closed for the Jewish Sabbath, on the other days of the week it is a lively and busy area, perfect for getting lost.

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