7th arrondissement of Paris

The 7th arrondissement of Paris (VIIe arrondissement) is one of the 20 arrondissements of the capital city of France. In spoken French, this arrondissement is referred to as le septième.

7th arrondissement of Paris
View of the Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides, two landmarks of the 7th arrondissement
Location within Paris
Coordinates: 48°51′33″N 2°18′46″E
CountryFrance
RegionÎle-de-France
DepartmentParis
CommuneParis
Government
  Mayor (20202026) Rachida Dati (LR)
Area
4.09 km2 (1.58 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2018)[1]
50,196
  Density12,273/km2 (31,790/sq mi)
INSEE code75107

The arrondissement, called Palais-Bourbon in a reference to the seat of the National Assembly, includes some of the major and well-known tourist attractions of Paris, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Hôtel des Invalides (Napoleon's resting place), the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal,[2] as well as a concentration of such world-famous museums as the Musée d'Orsay, Musée Rodin and the Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac.

Situated on the Rive Gauche—the "Left" bank of the River Seine—this central arrondissement, which includes the historical aristocratic neighbourhood of Faubourg Saint-Germain, contains a number of French national institutions, among them the National Assembly and numerous government ministries. It is also home to many foreign diplomatic embassies, some of them occupying outstanding hôtels particuliers.

The arrondissement has been home to the French upper class since the 17th century, when it became the new residence of France's highest nobility. The district has been so fashionable within the French aristocracy that the phrase le Faubourg—referring to the ancient name of the current 7th arrondissement—has been used to describe French nobility ever since.[3] The 7th arrondissement of Paris and Neuilly-sur-Seine form the most affluent and prestigious residential area in France.[4]


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