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Discover the Vivienne district - Paris 02

The Vivienne neighbourhood is the 6th administrative district of Paris. Located in the 2nd arrondissement, it is situated between the Gaillon and Mail neighbourhoods. It is delimited by Rue Saint-Anne and Rue de Gramont to the west, Boulevard des Italiens and Boulevard Montmartre (the border with the 9th arrondissement) to the north, Rue Notre-Dame-des-Victoires and Rue Vide-Gousset to the east, and finally, Rue la Feuillade and Rue des Petits-Champs (the border with the 1st arrondissement) to the south.



Very little is known about the history of the Vivienne district. By doing some research, we note, however, that the name of this neighbourhood (and the eponymous street opened between 1784 and 1830) probably comes from the Vivien family, which gave Paris an alderman (a municipal magistrate) in 1599. It was therefore decided to name this district Vivienne to refer to Louis Vivien, alderman and lord of Saint-Marc.

Cultural sites

  • Palais Brongniart: its construction began in 1807 when Napoleon asked architect Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart to create a building in honour of the power and achievement of France. The architect, who died in 1813, did not see the end of the construction, completed by Éloi Labarre in 1825. He was listed as a historical monument in 1987.
  • Bibliothèque nationale de France (whose origin dates back to 1368 and which has many collectibles and precious works).
  • Basilique Notre-Dame-des-Victoires (historical monument since 1972).
  • Fontaine Colbert (historical monument since 1925).
  • Galerie Colbert: numerous headquarters (including that of the National Heritage Institute and the National Institute of Art History), but also research laboratories and doctoral schools dedicated to cultural heritage and the history of art from several major universities (University Paris-Sorbonne for example) have taken up residence there.


Local landmarks

In this district, the main point of interest is the Galerie Vivienne (listed as a historical monument in 1974). Built in 1823 and inaugurated in 1826, it housed (yesterday and today) numerous shops. Having fallen into disuse over the years and threatened with demolition, it was not until the installation of Jean-Paul Gaultier and many high-fashion boutiques that it was able to regain its former panache.

In addition to the Vivienne gallery, there are also:


  • Passage des Panoramas: opened in 1799 and registered as a historical monument in 1974, it is the oldest covered passage in Paris ;
  • Passage des Princes: inaugurated in 1860, it was called “passage Mirès” before taking the name of the old hotel on which it was placed (the Hôtel des Princes) ;
  • École Nationale des chartes: created in 1821, this school trains its students in the auxiliary sciences of history ;
  • Théâtre national de l’Opéra-Comique ;
  • Boulangerie viennoise (the establishment to which we owe the invention of the croissant) ;
  • Hôtel de la Feuillade (historical monument since 1948).



  • Square Louvois: it is located at 1, Rue de Louvois in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris. Access via bus lines 3 (Quatre-Septembre) and 39 (Bibliothèque Nationale).



  • Vivienne Nursery School: 11, Rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris.
    Access via metro line 3 (Bourse) and bus lines 20, 29, 39, 74 and 85 (Bourse).
  • Louvois Public Elementary School: 6, Rue de Louvois, 75002 Paris.
    Access via bus lines 3 (Quatre-Septembre) and 39 (Bibliothèque Nationale).


Nearby transportation

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Bus      Bus - Ligne 20  Bus - Ligne 29  Bus - Ligne 39  Bus - Ligne 74  Bus - Ligne 85

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