3rd arrondissement of Paris
French municipal arrondissement
Arts et Métiers (medieval priory of Saint-Martin-des-Champs), in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris
Arts et Métiers (medieval priory of Saint-Martin-des-Champs), in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris
Paris and its closest suburbs
Paris and its closest suburbs
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Paris
Commune Paris
Government
 • Mayor Pierre Aidenbaum
Area
 • Total 1.17 km2 ( sq mi)
Population (8 March 1999 census)
 • Total 34,248
 • Estimate (2005) 35,100
 • Density

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The 3rd arrondissement of Paris, situated on the right bank of the River Seine, is the 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, along the rue de Montmorency.

The ancient Jewish quarter, the Pletzel (פלעצל, little place in Yiddish) which dates from the 13th century begins in the eastern part of the 3rd arrondissement and extends into the 4th. It is home to the Musée d'art et d'histoire du judaïsme and the Agoudas Hakehilos synagogue designed by the architect Guimard. Although trendy boutiques are now taking up many of the storefronts, there are still landmark stores selling traditional Jewish foods.

A small but slowly expanding Chinatown inhabited by immigrants from Wenzhou centers on the rue au Maire, near the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers housed in the medieval priory of Saint-Martin-des-Champs.

Geography

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 (after the 2nd arrondissement).

Demography

The area now occupied by the third 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.

Historical population

Year
(of French censuses)
Population Density
(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
2009 35,655 30,474
¹The peak of population actually occurred before 1861, but the
arrondissement was created in 1860, so we do not have figures before 1861.

Immigration

Education

Schools include:

Map

Map of the 3rd arrondissement
the Mairie (town hall) of the 3rd arrondissement
Square du Temple

Places of interest

External links

  • 3rd arrondissement travel guide from Wikivoyage
  • The official guide, partner of the Paris Tourist Office