To enjoy the glorious industrial past of Paris, the Gobelins district is ideal
Located on the left bank of the River Seine, the Place d'Italie, in the center of the 13th arrondissement, is connected to the old Faubourg Saint-Marcel by the Avenue des Gobelins. Gobelins Place d'Italie is characterized as the most exclusive area of the district, while a large number of relics of past centuries (the medieval castle of White Queen, the Gobelins, after the industrial revolution) it also gives some historical interest. In addition, many cinemas and restaurants and the Place d'Italie mall attract many people in this dynamic area.
Skyscrapers and medieval building: a few centuries in few meters
Why not choose the Place d'Italie-Gobelins neighborhood for your stay in Paris?
Indeed this is an opportunity to discover a slightly eccentric neighborhood, but no less rich in history or entertainment that the most prestigious area of Paris. In particular, the Gobelins, the exhibition gallery which was renovated and opened to the public in 2007, is a must not only of Parisian history, but also of the European industrial era.
In the nearby Faubourg Saint-Marcel, the old windmill and the Bièvre have disappeared but the castle of the White Queen, a medieval building transformed later into dyeing himself is still standing and remains one of the oldest monuments of Paris. Further afield, the Broca hospital, former 'Couvent des Cordelières' (covent), whose remains can be seen alongside new buildings, is now specialized in gerontology. The Rue Croulebarbe, you can also admire the oldest skyscraper in Paris, built in 1960, and its 21 floors, which was a record for the time.
Finally, if the old theater Gobelins and cinema, is currently closed, it is still possible to see the façade decorated by Auguste Rodin. Moreover, in case you want to see a good movie, the neighborhood is home to many cinemas in Place d'Italie (Les Fauvettes, the UGC Gobelins), while shopaholics will enjoy the Italy 2 mall, with its many shops and restaurants.