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Discover the Archives district - Paris 03

To locate the Archives neighbourhood, you have to go to the 3rd arrondissement. There, we find the Archives wedged between the Sainte-Avoye district (to the west), the Enfants Rouges neighbourhood (to the north), the 11th arrondissement (to the east) and the 4th arrondissement (to the south).

More precisely, to identify the limits of the 11th administrative district of Paris, one must start from the Rue des Archives. Going northwards, you come across Rue Pastourelle. Follow it and then continue along Rue de Poitou and Rue du Pont-aux-Choux. When you get to Boulevard Beaumarchais, you have to go south until you reach Rue du Pas de la Mule. Turning at this level, continue on Place des Vosges and Rue des Francs Bourgeois to find Rue des Archives which completes this loop. In total, the Archives district covers an area of 36.8 hectares.



Since the district takes its name from the National Archives, it is relevant to take a special interest in the history of these archives and in the Marais neighbourhood, to which it belongs.

First of all, the Marais is an area that began to be urbanised in the 12th century. Originally, there was a swamp and then religious orders settled there. Over the years, nobles and then craftsmen and workers came. Today, many communities have made it their home. The best known is the homosexual community.

Concerning the National Archives now, their creation dates back to the French Revolution. Their objective was to provide a centralised location for French archives and free access for citizens. Settled in Hôtel de Soubise by Napoléon in 1808, an Archives Museum was established there in 1867. Then, in 1927, Hôtel de Rohan was moved there.

The saturation of the Parisian archives led to the construction of a new site in Fontainebleau (in 1972) which was itself saturated. Thus, a third site for the archives was built in 2004 in Pierrefitte-sur-Seine.


Cultural sites

  • Galerie du Crédit Municipal de Paris ;


Local landmarks

Of course, the two main points of interest in the area are the fantastic Hôtel de Soubise and Hôtel de Rohan which house the National Archives. Visitors enjoy their decorations as well as the gardens of the nearby National Archives.

But the Marais is also a very pleasant place to stroll around. Especially for its beautiful Place des Vosges and its eclectic atmosphere. You only have to go from the gay neighbourhood to the Jewish one and then to the Chinese district to be convinced.

In addition to these historical places, we also advise you:

  • Notre-Dame des Blancs-Manteaux Church: discreet, yet impressive in many ways (especially for the more spiritual visitors);
  • As well as various fountains such as Fontaine du Chaume, Fontaine des Haudriettes, and Fontaine des Guillemites.



  • Jardins des Archives Nationales: at the heart of Hôtel de Soubise, one of the most remarkable mansions in the neighbourhood, this magnificent green space groups together the gardens of several mansions. We find there the gardens of the mansions of Assy, Breteuil, Rohan, Fontenoy and Jaucourt.



  • Quatre Fils Elementary school, 10 bis rue des Quatre Fils. The school is accessible by bus N° 29 from Châtelet, destination Porte de Montempoivre. You should get off at Place des Vosges station. From Hôtel de Ville, you can take bus N° 75 in Rue de la Verrerie and get off at Archives Haudriettes station.
  • Turenne Nursery School, 52 rue de Turenne, access via bus N° 29, destination Montempoivre.
  • Turenne Elementary school, 54 rue de Turenne, access via bus line 29. You should take the bus to Porte de Montempoivre and get off at Place des Vosges station.
  • Perle Nursery School, 7 rue de la Perle. You should take the bus N° 29 to Porte de Montempoivre and get off at the station rue Vieille du Temple to get there. From the Hôtel de Ville station, you can get there via bus 75 accessible rue de la Verrerie, destination Porte de Pantin. You should get off at the Archives Haudriettes station.
  • Victor Hugo Middle school, 11 rue Barbette, access via metro line 1 and line 11.


Nearby transportation

Métro      Métro - Ligne 1  Métro - Ligne 8  Métro - Ligne 10

RER      RER - Ligne A  RER - Ligne B  RER - Ligne D

Bus       Bus - Ligne 29  Bus - Ligne 75  Bus - Ligne 96

Properties for sale / rental in the neighbourhood

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Apartment - Paris 3th Add to favorites

162 m2
1 880 000 €
Historic Marais neighbourhood – A duplex apartment with the feel of a private house. This (...)
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Marais, Bretagne. An elegant 48 sqm three-room apartment. This apartment offering 47.97 sq (...)
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40 m2
493 000 €
Sole Agent. Passage Sainte Avoie, Rambuteau / Archives neighbourhood. 40 sqm business prem (...)
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