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The Saint Merri neighbourhood is the 13th administrative district of Paris. It is one of the 4th arrondissement’s districts.

The Saint Merri neighbourhood covers a total area of 31.3 ha. It is located on the Right bank of the Seine, and is bounded to the north by Rue Rambuteau, besides the Sainte-Avoye neighbourhood. In the eastern part, it is separated from the Saint-Gervais neighbourhood by Rue des Archives and Rue Lobau. To the south, this neighbourhood is separated by part of the Ile de la Cité in the Notre-Dame neighbourhood by the axis of the great arm of the Seine. To the west, the Saint-Merri district adjoins the Halles district of the 1st arrondissement. The area is defined by the eastern road network of Place du Châtelet and Boulevard de Sébastopol.



The Saint-Merri district is the 13th administrative district of Paris and takes its name from Bishop Merry, as does the church dedicated to him. Deemed unsanitary, part of the Saint-Merri district was completely torn down in 1930 in order to renovate it before the subsequent creation of the Horologe neighbourhood and the Georges Pompidou Centre in the 1970s.

Cultural sites

Partially pedestrian, the Saint-Merri neighbourhood has many interesting venues to visit. The proximity of the Centre Commercial des Halles, the Seine and the Marais neighbourhood as well as the numerous bars, museums and restaurants make it a major tourist destination.


  • Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville: this historical department store belongs to the Galeries Lafayette Group. Located at Rue de Rivoli, it occupies several buildings and offers fashion, DIY, decoration, stationery, creative hobby articles, toys …
  • Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou: this centre was founded at the will of Georges Pompidou to offer a multidisciplinary space dedicated to contemporary creation. The centre houses one of the largest collections of Modern and Contemporary Art in the world.
  • Tour Saint Jacques: located in the Square Parisien of the same name, Tour Saint-Jacques. Built between 1509 and 1523, this Gothic-style building is in fact an old bell tower, the one and only vestige of the Church of Saint-Jacques la Boucherie founded by Charlemagne.
  • Paris City Hall: the construction of the City Hall began in 1533 and was completed in 1628. This Renaissance palace was designed by the Italian architect Boccador. Reduced to ashes by a fire caused by the Communards during the Paris Commune in 1871, it was completely rebuilt between 1874 and 1882.
  • Saint-Merri Church: located at the crossroads of Rue de Saint-Martin and Rue de la Verrerie, the Saint-Merri Church shelters the relics of Saint-Méderic, who died in 700. Saint Méderic, which became Saint Merri by contraction, is the patron Saint of the Right Bank.
  • Théâtre de la Ville Sarah Bernhardt: since the 1980s, this Parisian theatre has been a centre for the promotion of contemporary dance. This theatre hosts about a hundred shows a year and over 400 performances. Its programming revolves around contemporary dance, contemporary theatre, world music and chamber music.


Local landmarks

  • Fontaine Stravinsky: also called Fontaine des Automates, the Fontaine Stravinsky is the fruit of the collaboration between Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint-Phalle. This is a public commission from the city of Paris which evokes the work of the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. The colourful sculptures that compose it are all animated, making this fountain a work in motion, designed for public space.



  • Square de la Tour Saint Jacques



  • Saint-Merri Comprehensive Nursery and Elementary School, at 11 rue Saint Merri, 6 minutes walk from Châtelet Les Halles station via rue Berger.
  • Renard Elementary School, at 16 rue du Renard, 6 minutes walk from Châtelet Les Halles station via Rue Berger and Rue Saint Merri.


Nearby transportation

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