Paris history: where to find the city’s oldest places?

Published by Rizhlaine F. · Photos by My B. · Published on 7 April 2022 at 15h43
Paris is a genuine open-air museum and the City of Lights makes us want to explore its history. Come along and discover the oldest locations in town!

Although Paris has a very fascinating and very, very long history, we sometimes want to discover the oldest remnants of the French capital. These longevity records are to be found in this guide, making explorers and people loving beautiful strolls through time very happy. So, where are the oldest places and locations in town? Keep reading!

The oldest museum in Paris

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The Musée Carnavalet invites us to discover the history of the French capital. Here is what to expect in the oldest museum in Paris. [Read more]

The oldest market in Paris

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Genuine heart-stopped a stone’s throw from the rue de Bretagne, the Marché des Enfants Rouges – roughly translated as Red Children’s Market – is the oldest market in Paris. still today, Parisians and tourists meet there to shop and enjoy stalls, restaurants, counters, and mouthwatering terraces provided there. [Read more]

The oldest restaurants in Paris

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Go and discover Paris from the past through the oldest restaurants in the city where ate some iconic characters in the History of France. [Read more]

The oldest house in Paris

La maison de Nicolas Flamel, la plus ancienne de ParisLa maison de Nicolas Flamel, la plus ancienne de ParisLa maison de Nicolas Flamel, la plus ancienne de ParisLa maison de Nicolas Flamel, la plus ancienne de Paris Nicolas Flamel’s house, the oldest one in Paris
How about traveling back to the past? Today, we propose you to come along and discover the oldest house in Paris known to date: Nicolas Flamel’s house. [Read more]

The oldest zoo in Paris

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The Ménagerie, the zoo of the Jardin des Plantes is not only the oldest zoo in Paris but also the oldest zoo in the world that remains in its original condition. Make the best of this sunny weather to take your children visit this zoological garden that is worth the trip. Within walking distance from the Seine, these 55,000-square meters of greenery are inhabited by a thousand animals, as soon as the government allows zoos to reopen. [Read more]

The oldest monument in Paris

Strangely enough, the oldest monument in Paris is not really Parisian. This is the obelisk on the Place de la Concorde. Dating back to the 12th century B.C., it used to stand by the Temple of Luxor in Egypt. This is a donation from the vice-King of Egypt to France in 1830. As for the oldest monuments in Paris, you can find them by the Latin Quarter: the Thermes de Cluny or the Thermal Baths of Cluny, as well as the Arènes de Lutèce or the Arenas of Lutetia, two places from the Antiquity.

Le Musée de Cluny ferme complètement ses portes pour travauxLe Musée de Cluny ferme complètement ses portes pour travauxLe Musée de Cluny ferme complètement ses portes pour travauxLe Musée de Cluny ferme complètement ses portes pour travaux Did you know? 3 monuments from the Antiquity in Paris
Do you really know Paris? Let’s take you on a discovery of the ancient buildings in town. Ready to travel in time? First stop: Antiquity! [Read more]

The oldest tree in Paris

It is a black locust standing in square René Viviani in Paris 5th arrondissement. Planted in 1601 by botanist Jean Robin, it has been listed as Remarkable Tree. As trees of this species never exceed 10-meter all, it is 15-meter tall and 3.50-meter wide.

Le square René-Viviani, un jardin insolite où se trouve le plus vieil arbre de ParisLe square René-Viviani, un jardin insolite où se trouve le plus vieil arbre de ParisLe square René-Viviani, un jardin insolite où se trouve le plus vieil arbre de ParisLe square René-Viviani, un jardin insolite où se trouve le plus vieil arbre de Paris Square René-Viviani, an uncommon garden housing the oldest tree in Paris
The Square René-Viviani is undoubtedly one of the most uncommon gardens in Paris. in this garden set by the Seine riverbanks, discover a verdant location filled with historic remnants and open onto Notre-Dame. And it even houses the oldest tree in Paris! [Read more]

The oldest bridge and oldest sidewalk in Paris (two for the price of one!)

In Paris, one seems to love paradoxes a lot. Chance made that the oldest bridge in Paris – namely the Pont Neuf built between 1578 and 1607 – is the first bridge made of stone in Paris, the first one not housing houses unlike what used to be usual at that time and is set by the oldest sidewalk in Paris. Note faces adorning now the bridge are copies, original ones being kept at the Musée Carnavalet.

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Let’s discover Paris bridges! Keep reading to know more! [Read more]

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From 22 June 2021 to 30 June 2027

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