- 3rd arrondissement of Paris
French municipal arrondissement
caption=Arts et Métiers (medieval priory of Saint-Martin-des-Champs), in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris.
Parisand its closest suburbs
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date-sans=July 1, 2005 estimate)
(March 8, 1999 census|dens=29,974|date-dens=2005|
Situated on the right bank of the
River Seine, it is the second smallest in area after the 2nd arrondissement. The arrondissement contains the northern, quieter part of the medieval district of Le Marais(while the 4th arrondissement contains Le Marais' more lively southern part, notably including the gay district of Paris). The oldest surviving private house of Paris, built in 1407, is to be found in the 3rd arrondissement, in the rue de Montmorency.
A small but rapidly expanding
Chinatowninhabited by immigrants from Wenzhou, Mainland China, centers on the rue au Maire, near the " Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers" housed in the medieval prioryof Saint-Martin-des-Champs.
With a land area of 1.171 km² (0.452 sq.miles, or 289 acres), the 3rd arrondissement is the second smallest arrondissement in the city.
The area now occupied by the first arrondissement attained its peak population in the period preceding the re-organization of Paris in 1860. In 1999, the population was 34,248, while the arrondissement hosted a total of 29,723 jobs.
¹The peak of population actually occurred before 1861, but the
(of French censuses)
(inh. per km²)
1861(peak of population)¹ 99,116 84,642 1872 89,687 76,656 1954 65,312 55,822 1962 62,680 53,527 1968 56,252 48,038 1975 41,706 35,616 1982 36,094 30,823 1990 35,102 29,976 1999 34,248 29,247 2005 35,100 29,974
arrondissement was created in 1860, so we do not have figures before 1861.
collectivity_name=the 3rd arrondissement
Places of interest
Le Marais(shared with the 4th arrondissement)
Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers- main campus
Musée des Arts et Métiers
Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature
Musée de l'Histoire de France
Musée de la Poupée
Musée de la Serrure
Hôtel de Soubise
* Former Temple fortress
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