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6th arrondissement of Paris

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Country  France
Department  Paris
Area  215 ha
Region  Île-de-France
Commune  Paris
Mayor  Jean-Pierre Lecoq
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The 6th arrondissement of Paris is one of the 20 arrondissements (administrative districts) of Paris, France. It includes world famous educational institutions such as the École des Beaux-Arts de Paris and the Académie française, the seat of the French Senate as well as a concentration of some of Paris's most famous monuments such as Saint-Germain Abbey and square, St. Sulpice Church and square, the Pont des Arts and the Jardin du Luxembourg.

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Map of 6th arrondissement of Paris, Paris, France

Situated on the left bank of the River Seine, this central arrondissement which includes the historic districts of Saint-Germain-des-Prés (surrounding the Abbey founded in the 6th century) and Luxembourg (surrounding the Palace and its Gardens) has played a major role throughout Paris history and is well known for its café culture and the revolutionary intellectualism (see: Existentialism, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir) and literature (see: Paul Éluard, Boris Vian, Albert Camus, Françoise Sagan) it has hosted.

With its world famous cityscape, deeply rooted intellectual tradition, prestigious history, beautiful architecture and central location, the arrondissement has long been home to French intelligentsia. It is a major locale for art galleries and one of the most fashionable districts of Paris as well as Paris' most expensive area. The arrondissement is one of France's richest district in terms of average income, it is part of Paris Ouest alongside the 7th, 8th, 16th arrondissements and Neuilly, but has a much more bohemian and intellectual reputation than the others.

History

The current 6th arrondissement, dominated by the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés—founded in the 6th century—was the heart of the Catholic Church power in Paris for centuries, hosting many religious institutions.

In 1612, Queen Marie de Médicis bought an estate in the district and commissioned architect Salomon de Brosse to transform it into the outstanding Luxembourg Palace surrounded by extensive royal gardens. The new Palace turned the neighborhood into a fashionable district for French nobility.

Since the 1950s, the arrondissement, with its many higher education institutions, world famous cafés (Café de Flore, Les Deux Magots, La Palette etc.) and publishing houses (Gallimard, Julliard, Grasset etc.) has been the home of much of the major post-war intellectual and literary movements and some of most influential in history such as surrealism, existentialism and modern feminism.

Geography

The land area of the arrondissement is 2.154 km² (0.832 sq. miles, or 532 acres).

Places of interest

  • Académie française
  • French Senate (Luxembourg Palace)
  • Jardin du Luxembourg
  • Medici Fountain
  • Pont des Arts
  • Pont Neuf
  • Pont Saint-Michel
  • Saint-Germain-des-Prés Quarter and former abbey
  • Latin Quarter (partial)
  • Saint-Sulpice church
  • Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe
  • Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier
  • Café de Flore
  • Les Deux Magots
  • Polidor
  • Hôtel de Chimay
  • Hôtel Lutetia
  • Café Procope
  • Museums

  • Fondation Jean Dubuffet
  • Maison d'Auguste Comte
  • Monnaie de Paris
  • Musée d'Anatomie Delmas-Orfila-Rouvière
  • Musée Edouard Branly
  • Musée Hébert
  • Musée – Librairie du Compagnonnage
  • Musée de Minéralogie
  • Musée Zadkine
  • Colleges and universities

  • École nationale des ponts et chaussées
  • École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris
  • École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts
  • École des hautes études en sciences sociales
  • Pantheon-Assas University (main campus)
  • Lycée Montaigne
  • Lycée Saint-Louis
  • Lycée Stanislas
  • Lycée Fénelon
  • Former places

  • Cherche-Midi prison
  • Hôtel de Condé
  • Hôtel de Bourbon-Condé
  • Comédie-Française
  • Arcade du Pont-Neuf
  • Demography

    The arrondissement attained its peak population in 1911 when the population density reached nearly 50,000 inhabitants per km². In 1999, the population was 44,919 inhabitants while the arrondissement provided 43,691 jobs.

    Economy

    Toei Animation Europe has its head office in the arrondissement. The company, which opened in 2004, serves France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

    Real estates

    The 6th and 7th arrondissements are the most expensive districts of Paris, the most expensive parts of the 6th arrondissement being Saint-Germain-des-Prés quarter, the River side districts and the areas nearby the Luxembourg Garden.

    References

    6th arrondissement of Paris Wikipedia


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