In the 18th century, the next Parisian neighbourhood to take off is the Faubourg Saint Germain on the Left Bank.
One of the main reasons nobles were attracted to the area was the Invalides, a beautiful military hospital and retirement home built by king Louis XIV.
The construction of the Invalides opened up a whole new area for development for the rich, who saw the area as wider, quieter and less polluted than the Marais.
It also provided easier access to Versailles.
Many townhouses still exist today, including the :
- Hotel Matignon (Prime Minister's residence)
- Hotel Biron (Rodin museum)
- Hotel de Salm (HQ of the Legion of Honour)
- Hotel de Lassay (President of the National Assembly's residence)
- Hotel de Brienne (Ministry of Defence)
- Hotel du Châtelet (Ministry of Labour)
- Hotel de Villeroy (Ministry of Agriculture)
- Hotel de Roquelaure (Ministry of Ecology)
- Hotel de Rochechouart (Ministry of Education)
- Hotel de Boisgelin (Italian embassy)
- Hotel de Galiffet (Italian cultural institute)
Check out online the beautiful Hotel de Bourbon-Condé, apparently owned by the Queen of Bahrein!
The Faubourg Saint Germain remained fashionable well into the 19th century and is one of the focal points of Proust's famous novels A la Recherche du Temps Perdu.