- 4th arrondissement of Paris
French municipal arrondissement
caption=Notre-Dame, on the
Île de la Citéin the 4th arrondissement.
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Situated on the
Right Bankof the River Seine, it is bordered to the west by the 1st arrondissement; to the north by the 3rd, to the east by the 11th and 12th, and to the south by the Seine and the 5th.
The 4th arrondissement contains the
Renaissance-era Paris City Hall. It also contains the Renaissance square of Place des Vosges, the overtly modern Pompidou Centre and the southern lively part of the medieval district of Le Marais, which today is known for being the gay district of Paris (while the northern more quiet part of Le Marais is contained inside the 3rd arrondissement). The eastern parts of the Île de la Cité(including Notre-Dame de Paris) as well as the Île Saint-Louisare also included within the 4th arrondissement.
With a land area of 1.601 km² (0.618 sq.miles, or 396 acres), the 4th arrondissement is the third smallest arrondissement in the city.
The peak of population of the 4th arrondissement actually occurred before 1861, though the arrondissement has existed in its current shape only since the re-organization of Paris in 1860. In 1999, the population was 30,675, while the arrondissement hosted 41,424 jobs.
¹The peak of population actually occurred before 1861, but the
(of French censuses)
(inh. per km²)
1861(peak of population)¹ 108,520 67,783 1872 95,003 59,377 1954 70,944 41,638 1962 61,670 38,520 1968 54,029 33,747 1975 40,466 25,275 1982 33,990 21,230 1990 32,226 20,129 1999 30,675 19,160 2005 28,600 17,864
arrondissement was created in 1860, so we do not have figures before 1861.
collectivity_name=the 4th arrondissement
The Île de la Cité has been inhabited since the
1st century BC, when it was occupied by the Parisiitribe of the Gauls. The Right Bankwas first settled in the early Middle Ages(exactly: In the 5th century). Since the end of the 19th century, le Maraishas been populated by a significant Jewishpopulation, the Rue des Rosiers being at the heart of its community, with a handful of kosherrestaurants. Since the 1990s, gay culturehas made an impact on the arrondissement, opening a number of bars and cafés in the area by the town hall.
Places of interest in the arrondissement
Bazar de l'Hôtel de Villedepartment store
Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal
Centre Georges Pompidou
Hôtel de Sens
Hôtel de Sully, on the site of a former " orangery"
* Hôtel de Ville
Rue des Rosiers
Musée de l'Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris
Musée Boleslas Biegas, Musée Adam Mickiewicz, and Salon Frédéric Chopin
Musée de la Magie
Notre-Dame de Paris
Pavillon de l'Arsenal
Prefecture of Police
Salle des Traditions de la Garde Républicaine
* Former Temple, fortress and later prison
Temple du Marais
Main streets and squares
Place de la Bastille(shared with the 11th and 12th arrondissements), including the July Column("Colonne de juillet")
Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, formerly Place de Grève
Rue de Rivoli(shared with the 1st arrondissement)
Place des Vosges(shared with the 3rd arrondissement)
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