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Porte-Saint-Martin: a district crossed by the canal.


Located in the 10th arrondissement, the Porte-Saint-Martin district is the 39th administrative district of Paris. The Rue des Récollets and part of the Rue du 8-Mai-1945 are situated in the north. The south of the district is bounded by Boulevard Saint-Martin, Place de la République and Rue du Faubourg-du-Temple. Its western and eastern boundaries extend from Boulevard de Strasbourg to Rue Bichat.

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The Porte-Saint-Martin district was once crossed by a branch of the Seine at the site of the current Rue du Château-d’Eau, leaving land fertile in its wake. Following the urban development of the area, it was attached to the capital and protected by the new enclosure commissioned by Charles V at the end of the 14th century.

Cultural sites

  • Saint-Laurent Church: classified as a historical monument, it was founded in the 6th century, then destroyed by the Norman invasions. Rebuilt and refurbished many times over the following centuries, it has displayed a neo-gothic style since the 19th century.
  • Porte Saint-Martin: erected in 1674, this triumphal arch commemorates the military victories of Louis XIV. 18 metres high, it was built in a classical style, in limestone and marble, to the glory of the Sun King.


Local landmarks

  • Canal Saint-Martin: 4.55 km long, it was inaugurated in 1825. It connects the basin of the Villette to the port of the Arsenal, which communicates with the Seine. It was originally intended to provide drinking water to the city. Today it is classified as a historical monument.
  • Place de la République: formerly Place du Château-d’Eau, it took its current name in 1879 after the commissioning of a statue of Marianne. It was inaugurated in 1883. The square, a real communication hub, extends over 3.4 hectares.



  • Square des Récollets: It owes its name to the former convent of Les Récollets, which is nearby. Situated on both sides of the Canal Saint-Martin, it is lined with chestnut trees that form a pretty promenade where it is good to stroll. Ping-pong tables and a playground are also available to visitors.
  • Square Frédérick-Lemaître: with a surface area of 2,200 m2, this park, which spans the canal, pays tribute to Frédérick Lemaître, a famous 19th century French actor. A bust made in his honour stands proudly next to the plane trees. This is also where Audrey Tautou ricochets off the canal in “Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain” (The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain).



  • Nursery and elementary school: 23-19, passage des Récollets, 75 010 Paris. Access via metro lines 5 and 7 (Gare de l’Est) and bus lines 38 and 91 (Magenta – Saint Martin).
  • Elementary school: 15, rue de Lancry, 75 010 Paris. Access via metro lines 3, 8 (République) and 5 (Jacques Bonsergent).
  • Louise Michel Middle School: 11, rue Jean Poulmarch, 75 010 Paris. Access via metro lines 3, 8 (République) and 5 (Jacques Bonsergent).


Nearby transportation

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Bus      Bus - Ligne 20  Bus - Ligne 38  Bus - Ligne 56  Bus - Ligne 75  Bus - Ligne 91  Bus - Ligne N02  Bus - Ligne N14

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