4th arrondissement of Paris

4th arrondissement of Paris

French municipal arrondissement
arrondissementnumber=4th
commune=Paris


caption=Notre-Dame, on the Île de la Cité in the 4th arrondissement.


mapcaption=Paris and its closest suburbs
lat_long=
région=Île-de-France
département=Paris
maire=Dominique Bertinotti
alt mini=|alt maxi=
km²=1.60
sans=
28,600
30,675
date-sans=July 1, 2005 estimate)
(March 8, 1999 census|dens=17,864|date-dens=2005|

The 4th arrondissement of Paris is one of the 20 arrondissements (administrative districts) of the capital city of France.

Situated on the Right Bank of 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-Louis are also included within the 4th arrondissement.

Geography

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.

Demographics

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.

Historical population

Year
(of French censuses)
PopulationDensity
(inh. per km²)
1861 (peak of population)¹108,52067,783
187295,00359,377
195470,94441,638
196261,67038,520
196854,02933,747
197540,46625,275
198233,99021,230
199032,22620,129
199930,67519,160
200528,60017,864
¹The peak of population actually occurred before 1861, but the
arrondissement was created in 1860, so we do not have figures before 1861.

Immigration

France immigration
collectivity_name=the 4th arrondissement
census_year=1999
metropolitan_France=78.1
outside_metropolitan_France=21.9
overseas_France=0.7
foreign_French=4.8
EU-15=5.6
non-EU-15=10.8

History

The Île de la Cité has been inhabited since the 1st century BC, when it was occupied by the Parisii tribe of the Gauls. The Right Bank was first settled in the early Middle Ages(exactly: In the 5th century). Since the end of the 19th century, le Marais has been populated by a significant Jewish population, the Rue des Rosiers being at the heart of its community, with a handful of kosher restaurants. Since the 1990s, gay culture has made an impact on the arrondissement, opening a number of bars and cafés in the area by the town hall.

Map


Cityscape

Places of interest in the arrondissement

* Bazar de l'Hôtel de Ville department store
* Berthillon
* Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal
* Centre Georges Pompidou
* Hôtel-Dieu hospital
* Hôtel de Sens
* Hôtel de Sully, on the site of a former "orangery"
* Hôtel de Ville
* Le Marais
* Rue des Rosiers
* Lycée Charlemagne
* 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
* Saint-Jacques Tower
* St-Gervais-et-St-Protais Church
* Saint-Louis-en-l'Île Church
* 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)

External links

*wikitravel|Paris/4th arrondissement


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