Horses in Paris

In the 4th arrondissement of Paris you can find  the Celestins district and you can discover the training area of the cavalrymen of the French Republican Guard – part of the French gendarmerie which provides security in Paris as well as guards of honour.

The French Republican Garde  stands on the site of the former Convent of the Celestines. King Philip the Fair introduced the Celestines into France in 1300 and the convent was built in 1352 on the site of what was a former Carmelite convent.

Republican Guard front Gate

Constructed in 1895, the district houses the headquarters and the cavalry regiment of the French Republican Guard. Its stables are home today to the 140 horses of the 1st squadron and to the brass band of the Republican Guard.

The Garde’s missions include:

You can book a guided tour which starts with the Traditions Room, housed in a former stable, dedicated to the history of the Republican Guard from 1802 until today.

You will be captivated by the magnificent Eiffel Tower style structure of the riding stables where the cavalrymen train daily. Inside the Main Stable and the Major’s Stable your guide will explain the characteristics of the majestic horses.

What an unusual guided tour in the heart of Paris that takes you behind the scenes of the cavalry of the Republican Guard.

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8 responses to “Horses in Paris

  1. Bonjour! c’est norte arrondisment! We often see the parade of horses on the Quai where we are 🙂 We are a French Cooking and Baking School in Paris and we just started our very own blog. I’d like to invite you to check us out sometime 😉 Also, if you’re ever in town, please do come by, à bientôt!

    • Wonderful to hear from you. I shall definitely come and see you in April/May 2015 when I shall be in Paris taking tours. I often get inquiries about cooking schools too from my clients. Cordialement, Kate at French Fusion Travel.

      • Looking forward to it Kate! If you have any questions or need any info on us in the meantime you’re welcome to shoot over an email. Bonne année from La Cuisine

  2. Thanks so much for this blog. I will definitely be visiting when in Paris next year – I visited the Cadre Noir this year in Saumur – well worth doing expecially if you love horses or are a rider like me.

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