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Paris 2nd District - 2eme Arrondissement

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Paris 2nd District

Paris 2nd District is located on the Rive Droite and is commonly known as Quartier de la Bourse.

Paris 2nd District includes:

Quartier Gaillon, Quartier Vivienne, Quartier du Mail and Quartier de Bonne Nouvelle.

It is the smallest arrondissement of Paris, but one of the most dynamic.

It indeed developed around the ancient roads that linked Paris to the northern, eastern and western provinces.

This ancient district boasts 163 protected monuments and buildings.

The Quartier de Bonne-Nouvelle developed during the Middle Ages on the outskirts of the perimeter wall of Philippe-Auguste.

It was for centuries the kingdom of the miscreants of Paris.

These indeed congregated near Bonne-Nouvelle Church in the current Sentier and Montorgueil, two bustling areas today dedicated to the garment industry.

Butte de Bonne Nouvelle is an artificial mound formed by the accumulation of waste!

It was initially known as Villeneuve-sur-Gravois.

The Quartier Gaillon developed by the Porte Gaillon

This fortified gate of the perimeter wall built in the 1630s by King Louis XIII was pulled down in 1700.

The Quartier Vivienne grew in the vicinity of the Bibliothèque Nationale.

The national library was indeed transferred during the 18th century in the mansions encompassed within the rue Richelieu, Colbert,Vivienne and rue des Petits-Champs.

Its establishment promoted the development of a vivid intellectual life.

The Quartier du Mail was named after the pall-mall located on the outskirts of the perimeter wall.

Paris 2nd District is a densely populated and a bustling beehive delineated to the north by the Grands Boulevards.

The Boulevards des Capucines, des Italiens, Montmartre, Poissonnière, Bonne-Nouvelle and St-Denis replaced Louis XIII's perimeter wall in the late 17th century.

The Grands Boulevards became the centre of the Parisian artistic life, a tradition they have retained to this day.

The south of Paris 2nd District is laid out around La Bourse, the former great temple of finance.

The Classical building is located a stone's throw from the prestigious Place des Victoires, a square developed during the 17th century in order to celebrate Louis XIV's victories.

The western side of Paris 2nd District is an aristocratic enclave.

It indeed includes the prestigious Rue de la Paix that leads to Place Vendôme in the 1st district.

Paris 2nd District boasts also an impressive network of 16 covered passages and nine galleries that were created during the 19th century.

The few remaining passages and galleries have retained their elegance and unique atmosphere and are some of Paris' best hidden secrets.

Interestingly, this historical and industrious district has no public garden.

It is indeed essentially devoted to garment trade, financial and insurance institutions and has no spare land!

Metro stations serving Paris 2nd District

Line 3: Opéra, 4 Septembre, Bourse, Sentier, Réaumur-Sébastopol
Line 4: Strasbourg St-Denis, Reaumur Sébastopol, Etienne Marcel
Line 8: Opéra, Richelieu-Drouot, Rue Montmartre, Bonne-Nouvelle, Strasbourg St-Denis

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