4th arrondissement of Paris
Paris and its closest suburbs
|• Mayor||Ariel Weil|
|• Total||1.60 km2 (0.62 sq mi)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||17,000/km2 (45,000/sq mi)|
|1 Population sans doubles comptes: single count of residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel).|
The 4th arrondissement contains the Renaissance-era Paris City Hall, rebuilt between 1874 and 1882. It also contains the Renaissance square of Place des Vosges, the overtly modern Pompidou Centre, and the lively southern part of the medieval district of Le Marais, which today is known for being the gay district of Paris. (The more quiet northern part of Le Marais is within the 3rd arrondissement). The eastern parts of the Île de la Cité (including Notre-Dame de Paris) as well as the Île Saint-Louis are also included within the 4th arrondissement.
The 4th arrondissement is known for its little streets, cafés, and shops but is often regarded by Parisians as expensive and congested. It is desirable for those wanting old buildings and a mix of many cultures.
With a land area of 1.601 km2 (0.618 sq.miles, or 396 acres), the 4th arrondissement is the third smallest arrondissement in the city.
The peak of population of the 4th arrondissement occurred before 1861, though the arrondissement was defined in its current shape only since the re-organization of Paris in 1860. In 1999, the population was 30,675, and the arrondissement hosted 41,424 jobs.
(of French censuses)
(inh. per km²)
|1861 (peak of population)¹||108,520||67,783|
¹The peak of population in this area occurred before 1861, but the
arrondissement was created in 1860, so there are not accurate figures before 1861.
Since the end of the 19th century, le Marais has been populated by a significant Jewish population, the Rue des Rosiers being at the heart of its community. There are a handful of kosher restaurants, and Jewish institutions. Since the 1990s, gay culture has influenced the arrondissement, with new residents opening a number of bars and cafés in the area by the town hall.
Places of interest in the arrondissement
- Bazar de l'Hôtel de Ville department store
- Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal
- Centre Georges Pompidou
- Hôtel-Dieu hospital
- Hôtel de Sens
- Hôtel de Sully, on the site of a former orangery
- Hôtel de Ville
- Le Marais
- Rue des Rosiers
- Lycée Charlemagne
- Maison européenne de la photographie
- Marché aux fleurs, Place Louis Lépine
- Mémorial de la Shoah
- Musée Boleslas Biegas, Musée Adam Mickiewicz, and Salon Frédéric Chopin
- Musée de la Magie
- Notre-Dame de Paris
- Pavillon de l'Arsenal
- Prefecture of Police
- Quai des Célestins (Paris)
- Saint-Jacques Tower
- St-Gervais-et-St-Protais Church
- Saint-Louis-en-l'Île Church
- Salle des Traditions de la Garde Républicaine
- Former Temple, fortress and later prison
- Temple du Marais
Main streets and squares
- Place de la Bastille (shared with the 11th and 12th arrondissements), including the July Column (Colonne de juillet)
- Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, formerly Place de Grève
- Place des Vosges (shared with the 3rd arrondissement)
- Place du Chatelet (shared with the 1st arrondissement)
- Place Saint-Gervais, outside the doors of the St-Gervais-et-St-Protais Church
- Rue de Rivoli (shared with the 1st arrondissement)
- Square Barye
Metro stations within, partially or fully, the 4th arrondissement:
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Paris 4e arrondissement.|
- The official guide, partner of the Paris Tourist office
- 4th arrondissement travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Site of the Mayor of the 4th arrondissement (in French)
- L'Indépendant du 4e Posts in English by an inhabitants of the 4th arrondissement since 2008 : dailylife, history, heritage,...
- News on Marais in Paris