This chic and noble arrondissement made history. When Henri IV
was the ruler of France, the first houses of the aristocratic Paris
were built in this area. Until then, from the 6th to the 16th century,
only the monasteries of Saint-Germain
and Sainte-Genevieve had rural domains and the wasteland was used
by the kings for small game hunting. The area was also popular for
its duel rendezvous at sunrise, despite it was forbidden.
In the 16th century, the stones for building the chateau des Tuileries
were transported through the rue du Bac. Band because the area has
such a central position (near Louvre and Tuileries), the future
7th arrodndissement was very popular with the aristocracy and wealthy
A characteristic feature of the 7th arrondissement is its homogeneity.
The building still looks as the ones built some two centuries ago.
I dont know what miracle preserved this area from high rise
concrete monsters, except maybe the siege of the U.N.E.S.C.O. set
in 1958, located exactly behind the Ecole militaire. This palace
of glass and concrete is in itself a beautiful modern building but
is completely misplaced in this environment. But it is and stays
one of the most beautiful arrondissements of Paris. Its not
surprising that the houses, restaurants and boutiques are syntonised
to the wishes of the Parisian elite. A lot of top chefs exercise
their skills in the 7th and at the quai Voltaire and Carré
Rive Gauche dozens of antique dealers wait for their wealthy clients.
The 7th has the reputation of being a secretive arondissement: high
walls and heavy doors. Not always true! In the rue du Bac a few
doors are open or ready to be pushed. The rue de Grenelle has idyllic
gardens and interior courtyards await you at nos. 85, 87 and 102.
You have perfectly the right to look behind open doors, its
a tourist privilege!
But for the tourist coming to Paris, the greatest attractions remain
of course the Musée dOrsay, the musée Rodin
the Eiffel tower. And if the tower could write its memories...we
would know all the secrets, the scandals and metamorphoses of the