13th arrondissement (Paris)

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13th Arrondissement (Gobelins)
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Coordinates 48 ° 49 '57 "  N , 2 ° 21' 20"  E Coordinates: 48 ° 49 '57 "  N , 2 ° 21' 20"  E
height 58  m (27- 64  m )
surface 7.15 km²
Residents 182,099 (Jan. 1, 2017)
Population density 25,468 inhabitants / km²
INSEE code 75113
Post Code 75013
Website mairie13.paris.fr
  • Salpêtrière
  • Cook
  • Maison-Blanche
  • Croulebarbe

The 13th arrondissement of Paris , the Arrondissement des Gobelins , is one of 20 Parisian arrondissements . This former working-class district is of little tourist importance. Nowadays it is mainly known for its Quartier asiatique ("Asian Quarter") and for the French National Library, established in 1990 .

Geographical location

The 13th arrondissement is on the left bank of the Seine . It borders the 12th arrondissement to the north and the 14th and 5th arrondissement to the west . In the south, beyond the ring road ( Boulevard périphérique ), lie the municipalities of Gentilly , Le Kremlin-Bicêtre and Ivry-sur-Seine .

Quarter in the 13th arrondissement

The arrondissement consists of the following four districts:

  • Quartier de la Salpêtrière , bounded by the Boulevard Vincent-Auriol, the Seine, the Avenue des Gobelins, the Boulevard Saint-Marcel and the Boulevard de l'Hôpital. The Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière is located in this quarter .
  • Quartier de la Gare , delimited by the Boulevard périphérique , the Seine, the Avenue d'Italie and the Boulevard Vincent-Auriol .
  • Quartier de la Maison-Blanche , delimited by the Avenue d'Italie, the Boulevard périphérique, the Boulevard Auguste-Blanqui and the 14th arrondissement .
  • Quartier de Croulebarbe , delimited by Boulevard Auguste-Blanqui , Rue de la Santé , Avenue des Gobelins and Boulevard de Port Royal . The Avenue des Gobelins and the Manufacture des Gobelins are also located here .

According to the official census of the Parisian districts, these are Quartiers 49 to 52. In addition to the official administrative division, the following districts are also colloquially referred to as:

  • Butte aux Cailles
  • Quartier asiatique , the “Asian Quarter” in the Quartier de la Gare
  • Rive Gauche or Seine Rive Gauche (left of the Seine): Its northern part is in the Quartier de la Salpêtrière , the southern part in the Quartier de la Gare . One of the largest construction sites in France currently occupies the eastern part of the arrondissement along the Seine.

Demographic data

According to the 1999 census, 171,533 inhabitants were registered in the 715 hectare 13th arrondissement. This corresponds to a population density of 23,991 inhabitants per km². This means that 7.8% of the Paris population have their main residence in the arrondissement.

town hall

The town hall of the 13th arrondissement is in Place d'Italie , No. 1, 75013 Paris, phone: 01 44 08 13 13


Jérôme Courmet, a member of the PS , who replaced his party colleague Serge Blisko from 2001 to 2007, has been mayor since July 2007 .



The 13th arrondissement was created by the expansion of Paris in 1860. It consists of parts of the old 12th arrondissement and the former municipalities of Gentilly and Ivry-sur-Seine . It got the number 13 because the present 16th arrondissement, which was founded at the same time, rejected this number.

Industry and technology at the turn of the century

The quarters of the 13th arrondissement saw some important technological advances. The first balloonists in human history, Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François d'Arlandes , landed on the Butte aux Cailles on November 21, 1783 , after ascending at La Muette Castle . From the middle of the 19th century to the 20th century , the 13th arrondissement was characterized by strong industrial activities: In 1891 Panhard & Levassor founded the world's first automobile factory right next to the Porte d'Ivry . The Meunier chocolate factory was located here and the Say and SUDAC factories produced the compressed air required in the Paris city network. This made the 13th arrondissement a working-class district that attracted immigrants from various nations at an early age.

Company "Italie 13"

Les Olympiades

The part of the arrondissement to the south of Place d'Italie was the subject of fundamental changes in the second half of the 20th century . Before the Second World War , the Cité Jeanne d'Arc (Boulevard Vincent-Auriol) was partially renovated. Other urban areas classified as hazardous to health have also been renovated: Area No. 13 (Boulevard Auguste-Blanqui), Area No. 4 (around the Place Nationale ), Area Bièvre . The most important company, however, is the so-called company "Italie 13". Inspired by the urban theories of Le Corbusier , it was intended to redesign the area around Butte aux Cailles , Rue Nationale, Boulevard Vincent-Auriol and Porte d'Italie . The result was more than thirty skyscrapers, some hundred meters high, especially in the Les Olympiades area .

Annotated panoramic view of the arrondissement

Immigration, emergence of the Asian quarter

At the time when this company was interrupted, in the mid-1970s, the first Vietnamese refugees came to the arrondissement. They found space in the new, but mostly empty, high-rise buildings. The next wave of refugees and immigrants from Southeast Asia , mainly from Cambodia and Laos and later from the People's Republic of China , transformed part of the south of the arrondissement into the Quartier asiatique , without, however, forming a kind of “ghetto” as in other Chinatowns . In addition to those of Asian origin, there are also a large number of immigrants from the Maghreb, the Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa in the 13th arrondissement, especially in the southern part towards Porte d'Ivry and Porte de Vitry .

Current development

New major construction work began in the early 1990s in the eastern part of the arrondissement. They included the construction of the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the large-scale design of the new Paris Rive Gauche district along the Seine. It is the only neighborhood that is outside of the Place d'Italie . Separated from the rest of the arrondissement and partially covered by the railway tracks of the Gare d'Austerlitz , this quarter turns to the other bank of the Seine. There it is connected to the Parc de Bercy via Métrolinie 14 and the Passerelle Simone de Beauvoir , which opened in June 2006 . In the long term, it should cover the entire bank from Gare d'Austerlitz to Boulevard périphérique . It is still one of the largest construction sites in France.


On August 26, 2005 , a fire disaster in a building inhabited by African families on Boulevard Vincent-Auriol (house number 20) left 17 dead, including 13 children.


See also: List of Monuments historiques in the 13th arrondissement (Paris)

Green spaces

Important streets and places

City map of the 13th arrondissement

The heart of the Arrondissement is the circular Place d'Italie. The main boulevards and avenues as well as the metro lines converge here. At the same time, it forms the border point between the Butte aux Cailles , Gobelins and Quartier asiatique districts .

  • Place de l'Abbé-Georges-Hénocque
  • Boulevard Auguste-Blanqui
  • Rue Bobillot
  • Rue Boussingault
  • Avenue de Choisy
  • Avenue de France
  • Rue de la Glacière
  • Avenue des Gobelins
  • Boulevard de l'Hôpital
  • Avenue d'Italie
  • Place d'Italie
  • Avenue d'Ivry
  • Boulevard Kellermann
  • Boulevard Masséna
  • Rue du Moulin-de-la-Pointe
  • Place de Rungis
  • Rue de Tolbiac
  • Boulevard Vincent-Auriol
  • Rue Watt

Local public transport

The arrondissement is covered by lines 5 , 6 , 7 and 14 of the Paris Metro and by line C of the RER . Via the train station in the north of the arrondissement, the Gare d'Austerlitz, you can take the SNCF to the south of France. Goods traffic was formerly handled via the ring line in the south, called Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture (Eng .: small railway belt); today it is shut down. Since December 2006 , the new line 3 of the Paris tram has been serving the south of the arrondissement.

Sports facilities

Life in the arrondissement


The 13th arrondissement benefits from the presence of many avant-garde galleries in Rue Louise-Weiss. In the same area, the immense frigos , historical cold stores, have housed a multitude of artist studios since the early 1980s .


Architecturally, only a few arrondissements have been created with the help of the possibilities of modern architecture. As a result, the 13th arrondissement builds on the realizations of the great names of the 20th century and contemporary history, including:

  • two of the few buildings built by Le Corbusier in Paris: the Maison Planeix, built in 1924 on Boulevard Masséna No. 26, and the Salvation Army building, built in 1934 , between Rue Cantagrel and Rue du Chevaleret
  • the important entirety of housing construction in Hautes-Formes by Christian de Portzamparc in 1975 that the concept of an open blocks ( îlot ouvert gives an idea), which is currently in the new district Paris Rive Gauche is applied
  • Charenton Le Pont shopping center , Bercy 2 (1987) by Renzo Piano (third building project in France after the Center Georges Pompidou )
  • the first construction by Norman Foster in Paris: an office building at the intersection of Rue Neuve-de-Tolbiac and Avenue de France from 2004


The Nestor Burma novel Brouillard au pont de Tolbiac (German: The Bridge in the Fog ) by Léo Malet is set in the 13th arrondissement.

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