Third Arrondissement of Paris


The Third arrondissement of Paris partly covers the historic district of Le Marais. It stretches from the Place des Vosges to the Place de la République and from Boulevard de Sébastopol to Boulevard Beaumarchais.

A few words about the 3rd arrondissement

The Third arrondissement of Paris (le troisième arrondissement) is situated on the right bank of River Seine between the Grands Boulevards and the northern limits of the Fourth arrondissement.

Porte de Clisson, Marais, Paris © French Moments

It is the second smallest arrondissement of Paris, covering an area of 1.17 km2 with a population of 36,120 (2011). The 3rd arrt partly covers the historic district of Le Marais and includes some beautiful residences of the French nobility from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Public institutions and organisations in the 3rd arrondissement

Many public institutions have their seat in the 3rd arrt:

  • the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM), or National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts
  • the Archives Nationales (National Archives)

Main places of interest in the 3rd arrondissement

Hôtel Carnavalet, Marais (Paris) © French Moments

The 3rd arrondissement is a touristic area particularly in its southern part (Marais). It shares with neighbouring arrondissements two of Paris’ famous squares: Place des Vosges and Place de la République.

The main places of interest in the 2nd arrondissement are:

  • the Place des Vosges
  • the Hôtel Carnavalet (Museum dedicated to the history of Paris)
  • the Hôtel de Soubise and Hôtel de Rohan (National Archives)
  • the Hôtel Salé (Musée Picasso)
  • the Musée des Arts et Métiers (Museum of Arts and Crafts)
  • the Square du Temple and City-Hall of the 3rd arrt.
  • the Place de la République
  • the Nicolas Flamel House, believed to be Paris’ oldest stone house.

  • Our pages on the 3rd 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.

    1 Comment

    1. James Fraser on

      Thank you or the presentation concerning the Place de Vogues. We recently stayed a few nights in the Marais, and hope to return.

      Many thanks.

      James and Eileen Fraser

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