3rd arrondissement of Paris
3rd arrondissement of Paris
Arts et Métiers (medieval priory of Saint-Martin-des-Champs)
Location within Paris
|• Mayor (2020–2026)||Ariel Weil (PS)|
|Area||1.17 km2 (0.45 sq mi)|
|• Density||29,077/km2 (75,310/sq mi)|
The 3rd arrondissement of Paris (IIIe arrondissement) is one of the 20 arrondissements (districts) of the capital city of France. In spoken French, this arrondissement is colloquially referred to as the "troisième" meaning "third" in French. Its postal code is 75003. It is governed locally together with the 1st, 2nd and 4th arrondissement, with which it forms the 1st sector of Paris.
The arrondissement, called Temple and situated on the right bank of the River Seine, is the smallest in area after the 2nd arrondissement. The arrondissement contains the northern, quieter part of the medieval district of Le Marais (while the 4th arrondissement contains Le Marais' more lively southern part, notably including the gay district of Paris).
The ancient Jewish quarter, the Pletzl (פלעצל, little place in Yiddish) which dates from the 13th century begins in the eastern part of the 3rd arrondissement and extends into the 4th. It is home to the Musée d'art et d'histoire du judaïsme and the Agoudas Hakehilos synagogue designed by the architect Guimard. Although trendy boutiques are now taking up many of the storefronts, there are still landmark stores selling traditional Jewish foods.
A small but slowly expanding Chinatown, inhabited by immigrants from Wenzhou, centers on the rue au Maire, near the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers housed in the medieval priory of Saint-Martin-des-Champs.
With a land area of 1.2 km2 (as recorded in 2017 census) (0.452 square miles, or 289 acres), the 3rd arrondissement and ranks the second smallest arrondissement in the city.
It is situated in what is considered Central Paris on the right bank of the city rive droite. Its interior is mostly absent of the large Haussmannian boulevards included in many other arrondissements throughout the city.
The arrondissement includes a range of neighborhoods or quartiers most of which date back as early as the Middle Ages. Most residents and locals refer to this area as Temple, Arts et Metiers or more generally, Le Marais; however most of the Marais district is included in the 4th arrondissement, which it neighbors on its southern border. called Temple and situated on the right bank of the River Seine, is the smallest in area after the 2nd arrondissement.
The area now occupied by the third arrondissement attained its peak population in the period preceding the re-organization of Paris in 1860. In 1999, the population was 34,248, while the arrondissement hosted a total of 29,723 jobs.
(of French censuses)
(inh. per km²)
|1861 (peak of population)¹||99,116||84,642|
¹The peak of population actually occurred before 1861, but the
arrondissement was created in 1860, so we do not have figures before 1861.
|Born in metropolitan France||Born outside metropolitan France|
|Born in foreign countries with French citizenship at birth1||EU-15 immigrants2||Non-EU-15 immigrants|
|1 This group is made up largely of former French settlers, such as Pieds-Noirs in Northwest Africa, followed by former colonial citizens who had French citizenship at birth (such as was often the case for the native elite in French colonies), as well as to a lesser extent foreign-born children of French expatriates. Note that a foreign country is understood as a country not part of France in 1999, so a person born for example in 1950 in Algeria, when Algeria was an integral part of France, is nonetheless listed as a person born in a foreign country in French statistics.|
2 An immigrant is a person born in a foreign country not having French citizenship at birth. Note that an immigrant may have acquired French citizenship since moving to France, but is still considered an immigrant in French statistics. On the other hand, persons born in France with foreign citizenship (the children of immigrants) are not listed as immigrants.
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There are six public high-schools in the 3rd arrondissement, and no private high-schools. 
- Lycée Victor Hugo, 27 rue de Sevigné
- Lycée Turgot, 69 rue de Turbigo
- Lycée Simone Veil, 7 rue de Poitou
- Lycée Professionel François Truffaut, 28 rue Debelleyeme
- Lycée professionnel de la bijouterie Nicolas Flamel (an annex of the École Boulle), 8 rue de Montmorency
- Lycée professionnel Abbé Grégoire, 70 bis, rue de Turbigo
Places of interest
There are 9 museums alone in the 3rd arrondissement as listed by the Paris office of tourism, however there are also many other smaller museums, as listed below.
Musée national Picasso-Paris
Musée des Archives Nationales - Hôtel de Soubise
Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme
There are 6 smaller gardens throughout the 3rd arrondissement. 
Square du Temple - Parc Elie Wiesel
Square Saint-Gilles Grand Veneur - Pauline-Roland
Jardin de Rohan
Square Georges Cain
Jardin Anne Frank
Jardin de l'Hotel Salé - Léonor Fini
Jardin des Archives Nationale
- Le Marais (shared with the 4th arrondissement)
- Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers - main campus
- Le Défenseur du Temps
- Institut Tessin
- Hôtel de Soubise
- Former Temple fortress
- Carreau du Temple
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- "Musée à Paris dans l'arrondissement : 3ème". Site officiel de l’Office du Tourisme et des Congrès de Paris. 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
- "Parc, jardin, promenade à Paris dans l'arrondissement : 3ème". Site officiel de l’Office du Tourisme et des Congrès de Paris. 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
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- 3rd arrondissement travel guide from Wikivoyage
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