6th arrondissement (Paris)

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6th Arrondissement (Luxembourg)
Arrondissement municipal of Paris
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Coordinates 48 ° 50 '58 "  N , 2 ° 19' 47"  E Coordinates: 48 ° 50 '58 "  N , 2 ° 19' 47"  E
height 39  m (29– 57  m )
surface 2.15 km²
Residents 41,100 (Jan. 1, 2017)
Population density 19,116 inhabitants / km²
INSEE code 75106
Post Code 75006
Website mairie6.paris.fr
  • Monnaie
  • Odéon
  • Notre-Dame-des-Champs
  • Saint-Germain-des-Prés

The 6th arrondissement of Paris , the Arrondissement du Luxembourg , has its origins in the Roman settlement of the left bank of the Seine ( Rive Gauche ). However, the concentrated expansion to the south did not take place until the 19th century . The lifeline of the “Sixth” is the Boulevard Saint-Germain , which, like the entire district, bears its name after the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church . The 6th arrondissement can be read as a kind of continuation of the Latin Quarter . The district stretches from the Seine to the busy Boulevard du Montparnasse and is considered to be the capital's most important science and cultural district.

The Quartier Saint-Germain-des-Prés is the legendary art and literary district that reached its peak in the 1920s and was the focus of socio-political events in May 1968 . With its small streets and squares, most of which still correspond to the layout of the city before the reforms of the urban planner Georges-Eugène Haussmann in the 19th century, the quarter is now home to a large number of bookshops, stylish cafés, restaurants, second-hand bookshops, galleries and fashion boutiques. Due to its illustrious residents (including Jean-Paul Sartre , Simone de Beauvoir , Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein ), the proximity to the university quarter and the quiet streets, the quarter has always been associated with the educated French class.

The French Senate meets today in the Palais du Luxembourg , which was built around 1620 for Marie de Medici , the widow of Henri IV . The Jardin du Luxembourg , which is a famous example of the classical landscape architecture in France, is also a popular meeting place among students and marks the dividing line to the 5th arrondissement .

Geographical location

Map of the 6th arrondissement

The 6th arrondissement is located directly on the Rive Gauche , the left bank of the Seine . It borders the 5th arrondissement in the east, the 14th arrondissement in the south and the 15th and 7th arrondissement in the west . On the opposite side of the Seine is the 1st arrondissement , with the western tip of the Île de la Cité .

Quarter in the 6th arrondissement

The 6th arrondissement consists of the following four districts:

According to the official census of the Parisian districts, these are Quartiers 21 to 24.

Demographic data

According to the 1999 census , 44,903 inhabitants are registered in the 215 hectare arrondissement. This corresponds to a population density of 20,893 inhabitants / km².

Politics and administration

town hall

The town hall of the 6th arrondissement is on Place St. Sulpice , at 78 rue Bonaparte , 75006 Paris, phone: 01/4046 75 6.


Mayor of the 6th arrondissement has been Jean-Pierre Lecoq , a member of the conservative party Union pour un mouvement populaire (UMP) , since March 2001 .


Saint-Germain-des-Prés , east elevation
The Brasserie La Closerie des Lilas is still a meeting point for the intellectual and artistic scene

See also: List of historic buildings in the arrondissement


Transport and infrastructure

Major roads

Important places

  • Place A. Honnorat
  • Place de l'Institut
  • Place du 18th June 1940
  • Place Edmond Rostand
  • Place Paul Claudel
  • Place St. André des Arts
  • Place St. Michel
  • Place St. Sulpice

Railway stations and metro lines

Metro lines 4 , 10 and 12 run through and along the 6th arrondissement .

The trains on RER lines B and C stop at Place St. Michel in the north-east of the arrondissement.

Important churches

Educational institutions

The elite university École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) is located on the border with the 7th arrondissement at 54 Boulevard Raspail

Literary meaning

The Nestor Burma novel La nuit de Saint-Germain-des Prés (Eng. The Nights of St. Germain ) by Léo Malet is set in the 6th arrondissement.

Web links

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