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150 years of 20 Districts of Paris

150 years of 20 Districts of Paris

Paris is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the creation of its 20 districts/ 'arrondisements' this year.There is an exhibition, a number of conferences and scientific talks around the subject to mark the occasion.


In 1860, following the imperial decree of May 26th, 1859 and the law of 6th and 16th June, 1858, the boundaries of Paris were extended to include the eleven neighbouring communes of Auteuil, Passy, Les Batignolles, Montmartre, La Chapelle, La Villette, Belleville, Charonne, Bercy, Vaugirard and Grenelle. Thus the number of districts increased from 12 to 20, which is maintained till present date. The population, likewise, also increased from 1 million to 1.7 million not to mention the increase in surface area.



Exhibition '150 years of 20 districts of Paris' brings together documents, debates, engravings, illustrations, maps, publications on the subject of enlargement of Paris, annexation of communes, building works including metro, buildings etc. and the suburbs. The exhibition is currently on at the Historical Library of the City of Paris- 'Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris' (BHVP).


In addition, the Association « Les Promenades Urbaines » and the CAUE of Paris are proposing 9 promenades around the city and suburbs to explore this historical aspect of Paris in the annexed zones, resistance by ancient urban fabric, geographical constraints, urban limits etc.The formula of promenade is proposed as follows: Morning from 10:00 AM- 01: 00 PM 'research of the lower suburbs in Paris' « à la recherche de la "petite banlieue" dans Paris » and afternoon 'from one suburb to another' « d’une banlieue à l’autre, expérimenter les limites actuelles ». The tariff for participation is 5€. The proposed promenades are 'Nature in city' Bercy 12th - Charenton le Pont; 'Landscape of Bièvre Valley' Corvisart - 13th - Gentilly - Arcueil; 'One Village two communes' Denfert-Rochereau - 14th - Montrouge; 'City in front of Seine' Bir-Hakeim - 15th - Issy-les-Moulineaux; 'Beautiful quarters and modernity' Passy - 16th - Boulogne; 'Territories in mutation' Rome - 17th - Clichy; 'Place of legends and ordinary city' Anvers - 18th - Saint-Ouen - Saint-Denis; 'Industralised Villages' Stalingrad - 19th - Pantin - Aubervilliers; 'Sloping city Ménilmontant' Ménilmontant - 20th - Les Lilas. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further information or enrolment.