First Arrondissement of Paris

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The First arrondissement is home to one of the most famous monuments in Paris: the Louvre. Mostly located on the Right bank of River Seine, it includes the Tuileries Garden, a few historic churches and palaces, upscale squares and the bustling shopping precinct of Les Halles.


A few words about the 1st arrondissement

The First arrondissement of Paris (le premier arrondissement) is situated on the right bank of River Seine and also includes the western end of the Île de la Cité.

It is one of the smallest arrondissements of Paris, covering an area of 1.83 km2 with a population of 17,614 (2009 census). The district is one of the most active for business as much of its area is dedicated to tourism, business and administration.

The Louvre seen from Montparnasse Tower © French Moments

The 1st arrondissement is also one of the oldest in the French capital and was once the seat of royal power in Paris. The area contains many important monuments such as the Louvre palace, the Conciergerie and the Sainte-Chapelle.

At the centre of the district are Les Halles, the former place for the large central wholesale marketplace which was moved to Rungis in 1971 and replaced with the Forum des Halles, a modern and underground shopping mall.


Public institutions in the 1st arrondissement

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Many public institutions have their seat in the 1st arrt:

  • the Conseil Constitutionnel (Constitutional Council)
  • the Conseil d’État (Council of State)
  • the Cour des Comptes (Court of Audit)
  • the Ministère de la Justice (Ministry of Justice)
  • the Palais de la Justice (Courthouse)
  • the Banque de France (France’s central bank)

Main places of interest in the 1st arrondissement

The 1st arrondissement includes some of Paris’ premier monuments and sites. The Historical Axis (Voie Triomphale) starts from the Cour Napoléon in the Louvre.

The main places of interest in the 1st arrondissement are:

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  • Our pages on the 1st ARRONDISSEMENT


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    Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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