|Vaugirard District [15e]|
The fifteenth arrondissement of Paris is located in the south west of the city, on the rive gauche of the Seine. It borders with the municipalities of Vanves and Issy-les-Moulineaux. It’s the largest and most populated zone of the city, with more than 200.000 inhabitants. It is a mainly residential area.
WHAT TO SEE
Start your visit from the Parc André-Citroën, dedicated to the car entrepreneur of the same name, and go on to the Parc des Exposition, official location for all the international exhibitions held in Paris, visited each year by millions of people.
Interesting spots are also the Musée postal, a must-see place for those interested in stamps, and the Acquaboulevard, a complex that includes a huge aqua park, wellness centres, sports areas, a cinema and a number of offices.
Worthy visiting is certainly the Church of Notre-Dame-de-l'Arche-d'Alliance, situated nearby Montparnasse station. It was completed in 1998 and has a very unusual appearance, with an architectural style that recalls numerous passages of the Scriptures.
Also the 15th arrondissement is full of curiosities and weird spots. If you look around yourself from the Pont de Grenelle you will admire a smaller replica of the Statue of Liberty, donated from the United States to Paris in 1889, 100 years after the French Revolution.
You’ll also be surprised at the unusual fish shop “la criée du phare”, located inside an authentic Breton lighthouse more than 10 metres tall. Other interesting spots are the Musée Pasteur, dedicated to the famous scholar and his medical research, the Musée Bourdelle and the small Musée de Montparnasse, with a detailed description of the life of the big artistic community of the area. Very suggestive is also the Church of Saint Séraphin de Sarow, an elegant orthodox building surrounded by plants, and the nice building of la Rouche, a polygonal structure appreciated by many 20th century artists.
UNDERGROUND: Line 6 – 8 – 10 – 12 - 13; RER C.