A trip to Paris starts in our amazing neighbourhood!
Located between the Latin Quarter and the Butte-aux-Cailles, the area of Les Gobelins is a vibrant spot of the Rive Gauche. Our hostel is a proud “Gobelinois”, as it is in the heart of this lively avenue with many attractions. The Avenue des Gobelins has two great buildings that keep a nice bit of Parisian history.
First, the name “Gobelins” came from Jehan Gobelin, a wool dyer who lived in the 15th century in the neighbourhood. He used to live in a windmill by the Bièvre river, an affluent of the Seine, that ran behind the building (and behind our hostel before our building was a hostel!) and the watercourse was collected to dying and washing. This windmill was located inside a small castle, the Château de la Reine Blanche, which exists until today (but the windmill is gone…).
As he was really known for his use of scarlet red, everyone would go to the “Moulin des Gobelins”. Jehan Gobelin died, then his son Philibert Gobelin died, then the king Henry IV wanted to have his own tapestry production. Eventually, the “good king” built the Manufacture des Gobelins, a tapestry building from the 17th century. It has been the official producer of tapestry for the court in the past and, until today, their active production wraps many of the national buildings in France, with the participation of artists such as Louise Bourgeois and Sonia Delaunay. Its location was strategic due to the Bièvre, which, today, runs underground.
The Manufacture is more than 400 years old and it also hosts great exhibitions, but it is not the only historical place of our street; the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé is a museum of the traditional French cinema studio Pathé, with a room with old cameras, temporary exhibitions and screenings of rare films. Across the museum, there is the brand new cinema Les Fauvettes, specialised in classics, from silent films to Tarantino!
When you come to Les Gobelins, you’ll live the true Parisian life, but don’t forget: there’s a whole Paris to visit!