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    Dictation - Paris and the Marsh 1/2

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    The Marais is a historic Parisian district, covering the 3rd and 4th districts. It owe its name to a former area frequently flooded on the right bank of the Seine.
    In 879, Charles the Bald gave this mars to the abbey of Sainte-Opportune, which exploited it as a pasture. Gradually it was drained by diging drainage canals, which in the 12th century allowed the cultivation of cereales and then market gardens and orchars. Then, various religious communities settled there. The creation of the Place Royale (future Place des Vosges ) from 1607 to 1612, on the initiative of Henri IV, gave a boost to the construction of large private mansions by the aristocracy.
    In the middle of the 18th century, the district was gradually abandon by the Parisian elite in faveur of the Faubourgs Saint-Honoré and Saint-Germain, which were closer to the court of Versailles. The French Revolution finaly drove out the weathy owners. From then on, the district was taken over by workshops, lean-to buildings and precarious constructions that deteriorated the architectural heritage, a situation that lasted until the middle of the 20th century. The great development works of 19th century Paris had little effect on the district, which retained its narow streets, some of which were still paved.

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