Boulevard de Sébastopol

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Coordinates: 48 ° 52 '  N , 2 ° 21'  E

Boulevard de Sébastopol
Arrondissement 1st arrondissement (Paris) , 2nd , 3rd , 4th
Beginning 12, avenue Victoria
The End 9, Boulevard Saint-Denis
length 1332 m
width 30 m
Emergence 1854
designation 1855
Original names Boulevard du Center
Paris 8525
Boulevard de Sébastopol at night

The Boulevard de Sébastopol is a Parisian boulevard that separates the 1st from the 4th arrondissement and then the 2nd from the 3rd arrondissement .

It is 1,332 meters long and 30 meters wide, starts at Place du Châtelet , ends at Boulevard Saint-Denis and turns into Boulevard de Strasbourg . The Boulevard de Sébastopol is a one-way street out of town with one bus lane and three lanes for other traffic. He mainly crosses:

  • the Rue de Rivoli - at this intersection was in 1922 the first three-color traffic light installed in Paris
  • the rue Étienne Marcel / rue aux Ours
  • the rue de Turbigo
  • the rue Réaumur

Although there are a few restaurants and numerous boutiques on the Boulevard de Sébastopol, it is not a typical shopping street, in contrast to the Marais and the Quartier des Halles , which it separates.


The Boulevard de Sébastopol is one of the most important breakthroughs that Baron Haussmann had carried out for his urban planning work. It is one of the most important elements of the great north-south axis that cuts through the center of Paris, replacing above all the Rue Saint-Denis a few meters further west and the Rue Saint-Martin a few meters further east.

Completed in 1854, it was initially called Boulevard du Center. A few days after the victory of Napoleon III's troops . it was renamed on September 8, 1855 in the port of Sevastopol during the Crimean War .

For a few years the Boulevard de Sébastopol led over the Île de la Cité to the Rive Gauche and ended at the Rue de Cujas. The section on the left bank of the Seine was renamed Boulevard Saint-Michel in 1867 .

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