A fine place to start exploring the Marais is the eighteenth-century magnificence of the Palais Soubise, which houses the Archives Nationales de France and the Musée de l’Histoire de France. The palace’s fabulous rococo interiors are the setting for changing exhibitions drawn from the archives, as well as a permanent collection of documents including Joan of Arc’s trial proceedings, with a doodled impression of her in the margin, and a Revolutionary calendar where “J” stands for Jean-Jacques Rousseau and “L” for Labourer. The palace’s interior gardens make for a pleasant stroll.

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