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Discover the district of La Villette - Paris 19

La Villette: Strolls on its large basin.


La Villette is the 73rd administrative district of Paris. It composes the 19th arrondissement of the capital since 1860, along with the Combat, Amérique and Pont-de-Flandre neighbourhoods. It is bordered to the north-east by Rue de l’Ourcq. To the south it is bounded by Avenue Jean-Jaurès and Rue de Meaux. Boulevard de la Villette and Rue d’Aubervilliers mark its western borders..

Quartier La Villette - Paris 19


Originally, La Villette was a neighbouring commune to the capital. In addition to its agricultural land, its gypsum quarries, located towards the Buttes-Chaumont, allowed it to prosper. In 1860, the village was divided into four districts after its annexation by Paris: Villette, Combat, America and Pont-de-Flandre.

Cultural sites

  • Saint-Jacques-Saint-Christophe-de-la-Villette Church: built in 3 years, between 1841 and 1844, this parish church displays a mainly neoclassical style.
  • Centquatre-Paris: erected in 1874, the Centquatre-Paris housed the municipal funeral service of Paris. In 1997, the building became a historical monument, before undergoing an artistic conversion in the 2000s.


Local landmarks

  • Bassin de la Villette: this is the largest artificial lake in Paris. Launched on 2 December 1808, it links the Ourcq canal to the Saint-Martin canal. Rectangular, it is 800 m long and 70 m wide.
  • Rotonde de la Villette: this rotunda’s primary function as a granting barrier on the Fermiers généraux wall explains its second name: the Barrière Saint-Martin (Saint-Martin barrier). Built between 1784 and 1788, the building was classified as a historical monument in 1907. The Rotonde is just in front of the bassin de la Villette.
  • Rue de Crimée lift bridge: the last lift bridge in Paris, it was inaugurated and put into service in 1885. This steel construction carries out nearly 9,000 manoeuvres each year to allow large ships to pass. A raised footbridge allows pedestrians to cross beside the bridge even when it rises.



  • Square Marcel-Mouloudji: created in 1986, this green space has a fountain overhung by a monumental sculpture. Its surface area of 2,888 m² gives visitors time to enjoy the roses or oleanders that grow there.
  • Square de la Place de Bitche: this green space borders the church of Saint-Jacques-Saint-Christophe-de-la-Villette. It bears the name of a town in Lorraine, previously attributed to a park in the 16th arrondissement. Created in 1929, the square has a surface area of 1,800 m².



  • Archereau Nursery School: 26, rue Archereau, 75019 Paris.
    Access via metro lines 5 (Stalingrad) and 7 (Crimée) and RER line E (Rosa Parks).
  • Mathis Public Primary School: 14, rue Mathis, 75019 Paris.
    Access via metro lines 5 (Stalingrad) and 7 (Crimée).
  • Sonia Delaunay Middle School: 14, rue Euryale Dehaynin, 75019 Paris.
    Access via metro lines 5 (Laumière) and 7 (Riquet).


Nearby transportation

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RER      RER - Ligne E

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