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Things to Do in Place de Clichy 17th Arrondissement


Interesting Paris History – In the 17th district there are three very fascinating areas of history located on the right bank of the River Seine and in north-western quadrant of Paris.

In the extreme south-eastern part of the 17th is the working-class area around the Place de Clichy, an extension of the Pigalle red-light district and Montmartre.

The Place de Clichy, also known as “Place Clichy“, is formed by the intersection of the Boulevard de Clichy, the Avenue Clichy, the Rue Clichy, the Boulevard des Batignolles, and the Rue d’Amsterdam.

Ther are wonderful Paris hotels in these neighbourhoods, which are close to many Paris attractions, shopping boulevards, restaurants and great nightlife.

Place de Clichy
Place de Clichy, also known as “Place Clichy”

Four Districts Meet At this Point – Interesting Paris History of Place Clichy


This is one of the few places in Paris where four arrondissements (the 8th, 9th, 17th, and 18th) meet at a single point.

Place Clichy is also unique in that it has been untouched by urban planners and lies at the former site of the barrière de Clichy, an ancient portal in the Wall of the Farmers-General, leading to the village of Clichy, outside the wall.

The politically disastrous Wall of the Farmers-General in Paris history was built between 1784 and 1791 by the Ferme générale, the corporation of tax farmers.

It was one of the several city walls as Paris facts indicate that was built between the early Middle Ages to the mid 19th century, 24 kilometres long, built in a neo-classic or classical style, and crossed the districts of the Place de l’Étoile, Batignolles, Pigalle, Belleville, Nation, the Place d’Italie, Denfert-Rochereau, Montparnasse and the Trocadéro.

Rotonde-de-la-Villette and Place de Stalingrad
Rotunda of the Barrier of La Villette (now Place de Stalingrad)

More Paris History – Historical Farmers-General Wall

The Farmers-General Wall was intended to ensure the payment of a toll (octroi) on goods entering Paris to the Ferme générale. The wall’s tax-collection function made it very unpopular.

The majority of the toll barriers of Paris history were destroyed during the expansion of Paris in 1860 and at the same time the octroi toll that had been collected at the wall was abolished.

Some portions of this wall still exist, such as the rotunda of the Barrier of La Villette (now Place de Stalingrad), the Barrière du Trône (now Place de la Nation), the Barrière d’Enfer (now Place Denfert-Rochereau), and the rotunda of Parc Monceau.

Parc Monceau
Parc Monceau

Place de Clichy now hosts a lively array of shops, restaurants, and businesses, including a popular cinema, both day and night.

The Square des Batignolles covers approximately four acres and is the largest green space in the 17th arrondissement.

Designed in the naturalism English-garden style, it lies in the district (quartier) of Batignolles, near the new Parc Clichy-Batignolles.

Square des Batignolles Park in Paris
Square des Batignolles Park

Paris History – English Style Garden at Batignolles

The English-garden style is an attempt to leave the impression that the grounds are untouched by human hands.

Paris facts show that until the early nineteenth century, the area was largely-deserted countryside with a few scattered farms.

The square was established under the Second Empire, at the request of Baron Haussmann, who fulfilled the desire of Napoleon III to establish several naturalism English-style gardens in the capital.

Square des Batignolles
Square des Batignolles

Napoleon III had acquired a taste for the English garden during his exile in England, prior to 1848.

The Square des Batignolles was created by the same team that designed the Bois de Boulogne on the western edge of Paris.

Efforts are being made to maintain the Square des Batignolles in the pure Haussmann-Alphand style. This style is most visible in small bridges, concrete designs with plant motifs, and faux rocks with the appearance of stratification (as at Parc des Buttes-Chaumont).

Features of the naturalism English-style gardens at the Square des Batignolles include rolling lawns and a large pond that is fed by a natural stream that curves through the park.

Sculpture in Square des Batignolles
Tolbiac Bridge

The pond is home to large red Japanese carp, known as Kio, and over three hundred ducks of various species.

There are many wandering paths shaded by a remarkable variety of trees.

There are oriental trees that are over 140 years old and over thirty metres in height, a relatively young giant Sequoia, which has yet to become gigantic, hazelnut trees from Asia Minor, Siberian elms, Japanese cherry trees, ash trees, willows, black walnut and others.

The naturalism English-style gardens of Square des Batignolles is popular with children.

There are several playgrounds, sand-boxes, swings, a carousel with old-fashioned wooden horses, an area for roller skating, and ping-pong tables.

There are also areas for adults who wish to play pétanque, or boules.

Palais des Congres of Paris
Palais des Congrès of Paris

Exhibition Place and Hotel – Palais des Congres of Paris

The 17th arrondissement also hosts the Palais des Congrès of Paris, which is a large exhibition place, concert venue and convention centre with an associated high-rise hotel, the Concorde Lafayette, the largest hotel in the city.


Paris History – Top Picks of the 17th Arrondissement

  • Palais des Congrès de Paris
  • Square des Batignolles
  • Place de Clichy

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