Published on Thursday, 12 September 2013
Districts of Paris are known as arrondissements, each having its own council overseeing city services. There are twenty of these administrative areas, arranged in a huge clockwise spiral shape not unlike a snail shell. These are numbered from the centre outwards from number one, The Louvre to number twenty, Menilmontant. A visitor can always tell which arrondissement he is in by looking at the nearest street sign. The Hotel de la Herse d'Or is situated in the fourth arrondissement, which incorporates the oldest part of the city and includes such landmarks as Notre Dame Cathedral, Place de la Bastille, Place des Vosges and part of the historic Marais district.
Districts of Paris ; the history
In 1795 Paris was divided into a dozen districts. At this time the city still had a largely medieval and haphazard design, forming a maze of tangled, narrow streets and alleyways. By the mid 19th century the progressive emperor Napoleon III decided that Paris needed to be modernised, a measure which would improve the lives of Parisians considerably. He commissioned Baron Georges Eugene Haussmann, an experienced civic planner, to undertake this gargantuan task. From 1853 to 1870 Haussmann drastically opened up the city, creating wide, long boulevards and open green spaces which made Paris a far healthier place to live.
The once outlying villages of the suburbs were absorbed into Paris itself, and this increased the number of arrondissements to twenty. This ambitious programme of urban planning still shapes Paris to this day, and the Haussmann system still prevails. When you see a Paris postcode, for example, the last two digits tell you the number of the arrondissement. Each district has its own distinctive character and locations of cultural interest.
Hotel de la Herse d'Or is set amidst the historical districts of Paris
Our hotel reflects the fascinating history of Paris. The Hotel de la Herse d'Or is located in a four hundred year old building at the heart of the historical Marais district in the fourth arrondissement. In our next blog we will advise you of an excellent guide issued by the Office of Tourism.
Boulevard - Tourist office Paris - Photographer Amélie Dupont
Hôtel de la Herse d’Or Paris, a charming hotel in the heart of the Marais district in Paris.