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Discover the Amérique district - Paris 19

Amérique: former gypsum quarry.


Amérique is the 75th administrative district of the capital. It is located south-east of the 19th arrondissement and bordered to the north by Avenue Jean Jaurès, the longest in this borough. To the south, Rue de Belleville separates the neighbourhood from those of Belleville and Saint-Fargeau. To the east, it is bounded by Boulevard Sérurier, Boulevard d’Algérie and Boulevard Périphérique. Finally, to the west, Rue de Crimée leads to the Buttes-Chaumont, located in the Combat district.

Quartier Amérique - Paris 19


Like many other neighbourhoods, Amérique was annexed by Paris in 1860. This area takes its name from the ancient quarries of America where gypsum (used for plaster production) and millstones were extracted until 1873. These materials were used to build high-rise buildings. The legend goes that this plaster was exported to the United States and used for the construction of the White House, which was denied by the Town hall of Paris. The largest quarry is now located in the « Combat » district and was transformed during the reign of Napoleon III, giving birth to the Buttes-Chaumont park.

Cultural sites

  • Saint-François-d’Assise Church: This church was built between 1914 and 1926 to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the Third Order of St. François. The building displays Byzantine and Romanesque influences.
  • Regard de la Lanterne : This historical monument was on Belleville’s water system. Built between 1583 and 1613, it is now located in the garden of the Regard-de-la-Lanterne to which it gave its name.


Local landmarks

When strolling through this area, you can see many villas each as colourful as the other. Each street has a unique landscape that will introduce you to a new vision of the capital. In summer or spring, this bucolic district opens its doors for pleasant walks.


  • Place des Fêtes: The name of this pedestrian plaza serves as a reminder of the many celebrations that took place there when it was attached to the former municipality of Belleville. The village bought the place from the Hospices administration in 1836 to organise its ceremonies.



  • Jardin du Regard-de-la-Lanterne: Built in 1975, this green space was designed to highlight the hydraulic structure from which it takes its name. Next to the Place des Fêtes, this 994 m2 garden has three beautiful cherry trees.
  • Parc de la Butte-du-Chapeau-Rouge: Created in 1938, this space is in line with other parks built during this decade, such as Square Séverine (20th arrondissement) or Parc Kellermann (13th). This garden occupies a large area of the ancient gypsum quarries. It is a really resting place, which allows you to unwind among paper mulberry trees, Siberian elms or Virginia tulip trees.



  • Brunet Nursery School: 9, rue du Général Brunet, 75019 Paris.
    Access via metro lines 7bis (Botzaris) and 11 (Place des Fêtes), tramway line 3b (Butte du Chapeau rouge) and bus n° 60 (Botzaris).
  • Plaisir d’enfance Primary School: 56, rue du Pré-Saint-Gervais, 75019 Paris.
    Access via metro lines 7b and 11 (Place des Fêtes), tramway line 3b (Robert Debré Hospital) and bus n° 60 (Place des Fêtes).
  • Georges Brassens Middle School: 4, rue Erik Satie, 75019 Paris.
    Access via metro line 5 (Ourcq).
  • Georges Brassens High School: 40, rue Manin, 75019 Paris.
    Access via metro line 5 (Ourcq) and bus n° 60 (Manin).


Nearby transportation

Métro      Métro - Ligne 3 bis  Métro - Ligne 5  Métro - Ligne 7bis  Métro - Ligne 11

Tramway      Tramway - Ligne 3B

Bus      Bus - Ligne 20  Bus - Ligne 48  Bus - Ligne 60  Bus - Ligne 71  Bus - Ligne 75  Bus Noctilien - Ligne N12  Bus Noctilien - Ligne N23

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