1st Arrondissement


The 1st Arrondissement is one of twenty different arrondissements, or subdivisions of administration, into which the the city of Paris is divided.. The arrondissements were created all the way back in 1795 in order to navigate the city better. The arrondissements almost act as their own little sub-cities, each having their own mayor. The current mayor of the 1st Arrondissement is Jean-Francois Legaret. The 1st Arrondissement is known for being the home of the Louvre museum and Tuileries Gardens.

The process of the formation of the arrondissements was extremely famous and not for positive reasons. The 1st Arrondissement rose from the ashes left from the Reign of Terror. With the city of Paris in tatters, everything needed to be rebuilt. This spawned the system of arrondissements that is still used today. The system began with just twelve and later expanded to twenty arrondissements. The arrangement of the arrondissements is spiral, beginning in the middle of the country and moving outward.

Nowadays, the 1st Arrondissement is mostly a tourist place, housing one of the biggest museums in the world. Right next to that is one of France's prettiest gardens, the Tuileries. The 1st Arrondissement is located at the heart of downtown Paris. The area is packed full of shops, restaurants, and a whole slew of other things and will be an exciting place to visit.