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The Saint-Gervais neighbourhood is the 14th administrative district of Paris. Located in the 4th arrondissement, it lies between the Saint-Merri area (to the west), the 3rd arrondissement (to the north), the Arsenal district (to the east) and the Notre-Dame district (to the south).

In order to identify its precise delimitation, one must start with Rue de Lobau and go up to Rue des Archives, then turn right onto Rue des Francs Bourgeois. Once you reach the crossing with Rue de Turenne, you must turn right again to take it. Then, you have to continue by Rue Saint-Paul until you reach Quai des Célestins. After that, you have to go along the quays of the Seine to come back to Rue de Lobau. Note: the neighbourhood also includes part of Pont Marie and Pont Louis Philippe as well as Voie Georges Pompidou. The district has a surface of 42.2 hectares.

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History

The history of this neighbourhood is partly linked to that of the Marais, since the Saint-Gervais district forms the southern part of this famous place. It should be noted that the Marais was originally a swamp. A religious order settled there in the 12th century. Then, as time went by, the area was, in turn, the residential location of nobles, then of workers and craftsmen and, finally, of many communities (mainly Jewish, Chinese and homosexual).

But that’s not all, because the current Saint-Gervais district also includes the former Saint-Paul and Saint-Gervais districts. The Saint-Paul district was built around the church of the same name (Saint-Paul-des-Champs Church) which was built in place of a small chapel (built in 632). Today, only a part of the wall of this church remains, as it was completely demolished in 1799.

Concerning the mound of Saint-Gervais, it was a small mound located on the right bank of Paris. The first dwellings were built there during the early Middle Ages (dark ages). Then, after some modernisation work (and especially the creation of Rue de Lobau, which was opened between 1850 and 1854), it became the neighbourhood we know today. This district is named after the martyrs Saint Gervais and Saint Protais, who died in 57 AD. (one whipped to death and the other beheaded). Their story is told in the Golden Legend of Jacobus da Varagine.

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Cultural sites

  • Crédit Municipal: created in 1637, it is said to be the oldest financial institution in Paris. Originally, it practiced pawnbroking. Today, it is a bank that also has an auction hall and a place where precious objects are kept.
  • Shoah Memorial and its “Mur des Justes” (in the Allée des Justes);
  • Some remains of the Philippe-Augustus enclosure.
  • The historical library of Paris city, in Hôtel d’Angoulême.

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Local landmarks

  • The town hall of the 4th arrondissement: located at Place Baudoyer, this town hall was built in 1868 by the architect Antoine-Nicolas Bailly;
  • The Historical Library of Paris city: located in Hôtel d’Angoulême (listed as a historical monument since 1937), it is a library specialised in the history of Paris.
  • Tribunal administratif de Paris (Administrative Court of Paris): located in Hôtel Aumont (classified as a historical monument in 1946) since 1959;
  • Cour administrative d’appel de Paris (Administrative appeal Court of Paris): established in Hotel de Beauvais (listed as a historical monument in 1966) since 2003;
  • Hôtel de Chalon-Luxembourg: listed as a historical monument in 1977;
  • Charlemagne High School and Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis Church located next to each other;
  • Hôtel de Sens: listed as a historical monument in 1862 and in 1912;
  • Village Saint-Paul;
  • Rue des Rosiers: reputed to be one of the most famous streets in Pletz (the most famous Jewish district in Paris).

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Parks

  • Square Charles Victor Langlois
  • Jardin du clos des blancs manteaux
  • Jardin des rosiers Joseph Migneret
  • Jardin des Arts
  • Jardin de l’hôtel de Sens
  • Jardin Marie Trintignant
  • Square Prior Valjean

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Schools

  • Moussy Elementary School at 9 rue de Moussy, accessible by metro line 1, from Châtelet, direction Château de Vincennes, stop at Hôtel de Ville station. The school is also accessible by bus 96 from Châtelet in the direction of Porte des Lilas, stop at Église Saint Gervais station.
  • François Couperin Middle School at 2 allée des Justes de France, accessible by metro line 1 from Châtelet, direction Château de Vincennes, stop at Saint-Paul. The middle school is also accessible by metro line 7, direction Château de Vincennes. You will get off at Saint-Paul.
  • Archives Nursery school, at 40 rue des Archives, you can reach it by bus N° 29 from Châtelet les Halles, direction Porte de Montempoivre, get off at Archives Rambuteau station.
  • Charlemagne Middle School, at 13 rue Charlemagne, accessible by metro line 1 from Châtelet, direction Château de Vincennes, get off at Saint-Paul. Metro line 7 also gives access to the school. From Châtelet, you will choose the direction Mairie d’Ivry, get off at the Pont Marie station.
  • Fauconnier Nursery School at 4 rue du Fauconnier, accessible via metro line 1 from Châtelet, direction Château de Vincennes, get off at Saint-Paul station. The kindergarten is also accessible by metro line 7, again from Châtelet, direction Villejuif-Louis Aragon, get off at Pont Marie station.
  • Ave Maria Elementary School at 22 rue de l’Ave Maria, accessible by metro line 1 from Châtelet, direction Château de Vincennes, get off at Saint-Paul station. The kindergarten is also accessible by metro line 7, again from Châtelet, direction Mairie d’Ivry, get off at Pont Marie station.

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Nearby transportation

Métro      Métro - Ligne 1  Métro - Ligne 7

Bus      Bus - Ligne 67  Bus - Ligne 60  Bus - Ligne 72  Bus - Ligne 75  Bus - Ligne 76  Bus - Ligne 96

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