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Discover the Sainte Avoye district - Paris 03

12th administrative district of Paris, the Saint-Avoye neighbourhood is located in the 3rd arrondissement. Namely: it is surrounded by the Arts-at-Métier neighbourhood to the north, the Archives neighbourhood to the east, the 4th arrondissement to the south and parts of the 1st and 2nd arrondissements to the west.

In order to define this area precisely, we must start at the intersection of Rue Rambuteau and Boulevard Sébastopol. Then, going up Boulevard Sébastopol, you come to Rue Turbigo, which you must take. Once you reach Rue des Gravilliers, you have to enter there and then continue until Rue Pastourelle. When you reach Rue des Archives, you have to turn there. Then, as you go down it, you come back to Rue Rambuteau, which ends the route and closes the loop.

For your information, this district has a surface of 21.3 hectares.

Quartier Saint Avoye


The history of this neighbourhood goes back to 1702, when it was created. At that time, it should be noted that its boundaries were different. Indeed, it was bounded by Rue de la Verrerie, to the south, Rue Vieille du Temple (to the east), Rue des quatre fils (to the north) and Rue des Archives (to the west). It is therefore noticeable that it has migrated westward over time (Rue des Archives having become its eastern boundary with the Archives district). In fact, the neighbourhood as we know it today was delimited in 1859.

For the anecdote, the name of the district is a tribute to the Christian martyr Avoye of Sicily, recognised as a saint by the Church after being tortured and beheaded by barbarians in the 3rd century AD.


Cultural sites

  • Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du judaïsme (Museum of Jewish Art and History): opened in 1998, this museum looks back over the entire history of Jewish culture while offering a rich collection of objects. It should also be noted that, through its permanent and temporary collections, considerable importance has been given to Jewish art in all its forms.
  • Even though the Musée de la Poupée (Doll Museum) closed its doors in 2017, it still seemed interesting to mention it here. Indeed, founded in 1994, the enthusiasts could find in this small space many collectible dolls. Temporary and permanent exhibitions were organised.


There are also many art galleries in the neighbourhood of Saint-Avoye.



Among the landmarks of the neighbourhood you will find the jardin Anne-Frank, which is the only municipal garden in the area. Created in 2007, it is named after the famous teenage girl Annelies Marie Frank who wrote her diary during the Second World War. Within this 4000m² green space, we discover a superb group of statues paying tribute to Paul Celan.


  • Saint Martin Nursery School, 211 rue Saint Martin.
  • Saint Martin Elementary school, at 211 rue Saint Martin. These two school facilities are accessible by metro line 4, from Châtelet, direction Porte de Clignancourt, get off at the Réaumur Sébastopol stop. The school is also accessible by bus line 38, from Châtelet, direction Porte de la Chapelle, get off at the Turbigo Etienne Marcel stop.


Nearby transportation

Métro      Métro - Ligne 4  Métro - Ligne 11

Bus      Bus - Ligne 29  Bus - Ligne 38  Bus - Ligne 75  Bus Noctilien - Ligne N12  Bus Noctilien - Ligne N13  Bus Noctilien - Ligne N14  Bus Noctilien - Ligne N23

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