Information about the 4th Arrondissement of Paris
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 lively southern part of the medieval district of Le Marais, which today is known for being the gay district of Paris (while the more quiet northern 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.
The 4th arrondissement is known for its little streets, cafés, and shops but is regarded as expensive and congested. It is desirable for those insisting on old buildings and multi-cultural exposure.
The 4th is a good chunk of what used to be medieval Paris, and you’ll find a lot left from that time on both islands and in the narrow streets of the lower Marais. Meanwhile there’s lots that’s contemporary to look at especially at the Centre Georges Pompidou where you’ll find a lot of the very best contemporary art.
At night the 4th has several of the most active bar scenes most travelers will have ever seen, including the lower Marais district which is sometimes known as gay Paris although there are no shortage of bars catering to straight singles or a mixed crowd, or in the early evening even families.
Places of interest in the arrondissement
- Bazar de l’Hotel de Ville department store
- Bibliotheque de l’Arsenal
- Centre Georges Pompidou
- Hotel Dieu hospital
- Hotel de Sens
- Hotel de Sully
- Hotel de Ville
- Le Marais
- Rue des Rosiers
- Lycee Charlemagne
- Marche aux fleurs, Place Louis Lepine
- Musee de l’Assistance Publique – Hopitaux de Paris
- Musee Boleslas Biegas, Musee Adam Mickiewicz, and Salon Frederic Chopin
- Musee de la Magie
- Notre Dame de Paris
- Pavillon de l’Arsenal
- Prefecture of Police
- St Jacques Tower
- St Gervais et St Protais Church
- Saint Louis en l’Ile Church
- Salle des Traditions de la Garde Republicaine
- Former Temple, fortress and later prison (Text Source: Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia)
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