The 3rd arrondissement of Paris (IIIe arrondissement) is one of the 20 arrondissements (districts) of Paris (France). It is governed locally together with the 1st, 2nd and 4th arrondissement, with which it forms the 1st sector of Paris.

Under the terms of article R2512-1 of the General Code of Local Authorities (regulatory part), it also bears the name “Temple district”, but this name is rarely used in everyday life.

The law of February 28, 2017 on the status of Paris and metropolitan planning provides for the regrouping of the councils and services of the four central districts after the municipal elections of 2020. This new entity takes the name of Paris Center.

The arrondissement is situated on the right bank of the River Seine, it is the smallest in area after the 2nd arrondissement. The arrondissement contains the northern, quieter part of the medieval district of Le Marais (while the 4th arrondissement contains Le Marais’ more lively southern part).

It borders 11th, 10th, 4th, 2d arrondissements of Paris.

Main sights

Carnavalet Museum

Cognacq-Jay Museum

Picasso Museum

Place des Vosges (partial)

Place de la République (partial)


Paris metro and RER (lines and station)

(M) (3) (Réaumur – Sébastopol, Arts et Métiers, Temple et République).
(M) (4) (Strasbourg – Saint-Denis et Réaumur – Sébastopol).
(M) (5) (République).
(M) (8) (Strasbourg – Saint-Denis, République, Filles du Calvaire, Saint-Sébastien – Froissart et Chemin Vert).
(M) (9) (Strasbourg – Saint-Denis et République).
(M) (11) (Rambuteau, Arts et Métiers et République).

The 3rd arrondissement is also served by the following RATP bus lines: RATP 20, 29, 38, 39, 56, 69, 75, 91, 96.

See more:

20 arrondissements of Paris

Architecture of Paris

Museums of Paris

Entertainment in Paris

Bridges in Paris

Parks in Paris

Streets and squares in Paris

Shopping in Paris

Transport in Paris

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