Paris 4th District

Paris 4th district is located on the Rive Droite and is commonly known as Quartier de l’Hôtel-de-Ville.

Paris 4th district - Cafe terrace
Paris 4th district – Cafe terrace

It includes:

Quartier Notre-Dame, Quartier Saint-Gervais, Quartier Saint-Merri and Quartier de L’Arsenal.

Paris 4th district unfolds in the historic Marais on the Rive Droite and on the eastern two-thirds of the Ile de la Cité.

The island was the original Gallo-Roman city, the spiritual and administrative heart of the capital.

Paris 4th district is delineated to the east by the Place de la Bastille and to the west by the Hôtel-de-Ville.

Both are symbols of the French Republican spirit of Paris.

This picturesque district is a maze of ancient streets and passages that still bear their medieval names.

Paris 4th District is also defined by its surprising bipolarity

The bustling Beaubourg and Hôtel de Ville areas have remained traditionally populous and contrast with the patrician Place des Vosges.

The Quartier Saint-Merri developed around the Eglise St-Merri, the parish church of the money lenders of the nearby Rue des Lombards.

It includes also the Centre Pompidou Musée National d’Art moderne, Fontaine Stravinsky, Hôtel de Ville de Paris, Place du Châtelet and Tour Saint-Jacques.

The Quartier Saint-Gervais developed from a small fishermen village located on the Monceau St-Gervais.

This small hill that stood along the Roman road crossing the marsh.

The district’s major landmarks are Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais Church, Hôtel de Sens, Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis Church and Rue des Rosiers.

These neighbourhoods contrast with the elegant and affluent Quartier de l’Arsenal and Quartier Notre-Dame.

The latter corresponds to the eastern two-thirds of the Ile de la Cité, the historical, administrative and spiritual heart of Paris!

The Quartier de l’Arsenal was named after the Grand Arsenal, the gun powder magazine of the Bastille Fortress.

Built in 1550, it was destroyed by a massive explosion in 1634!

This enclave escaped the excessive urbanization of the 19th century and has retained its 17th century appearance.

This is where you’ll find the aristocratic Place des Vosges and Ile St-Louis.

Metro stations serving Paris 4th District

Line 1: Châtelet, Hôtel de Ville, St Paul, Bastille
Line 4: Cité, Châtelet
Line 5: Bastille, Arsenal, La Râpée
Line 7: Châtelet, Pont-Marie, Sully-Morland

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