The port de l’Arsenal of Paris!

And even thus, have mentioned in previous posts, briefly, feels it needs a post of its own. This is quant, historical and great works of my eternal Paris. The area is visited often and especially for the night owls of the Place de la Bastille. However, need to tell you more with new text and older pictures on the Port de l’Arsenal of Paris!

The port de l’Arsenal or bassin de l’ Arsenal, connects the Saint-Martin canal (see post) to the Seine river, between the quai de la Rapée and the place de la Bastille. It was once a freight port which since 1983 has become a marina. It is part of the network of Parisian canals and constitutes the border between the 4éme and 12éme arrondissements of Paris. The reason it was named Port de l’Arsenal is because it served from the 16C to the 19C as a depository for weapons and ammunition.

The Arsenal basin has a body of water which is 3 meters above the level of the Seine river. It is connected to the river by a lock to allow navigation. The Arsenal lock is the 9th lock on the Saint-Martin canal. A footbridge, called the Passarelle Mornay, (Rue Mornay) was built in 1895. Spanning the two banks of the Arsenal basin, it links Boulevard Bourdon in the 4éme arrondissement to Boulevard de la Bastille in the 12éme arrondissement. The Paris-Arsenal marina opened in 1983, offers 177 berths. When the marina was put in place, the Port-de-l’Arsenal garden was created on the east bank of the basin, on the Boulevard de la Bastille side; in 2017 it was integrated into the newly created Rives-de-Seine park. The Jardin de l’Arsenal is located 53 boulevard de la Bastille in the Place de la Bastille, on the western edge of the Arsenal basin, Inside, the space is more classic, but nicely highlighted by a rose garden, sculptures and pergolas that bloom in the spring. You will also find a large playground for children and a restaurant with terrace, very pleasant on sunny days. See the picturesque little wind mill at the entrance to garden too!

paris port de l'arsenal blvd de la Bastille mars11

Indeed, there is no other port that allows river cruise passengers to stop in Paris! You should also know that the cost of parking at the Port de l’Arsenal is, for the same length, about twice as high as on the banks of the Seine. you have to be very sociable to live in this village where the boats, if they are not side by side, are perpendicular to the quay and therefore very close to each other. In return, there is a real common life with a Yacht Club created in 1983, which organizes the barbecue at the Port de l’Arsenal every first Thursday of the month, In order to facilitate stopovers, boats holding an annual mooring agreement must leave the port at least 21 days a year, including 7 consecutive days between June 1 and September 30. For boats less than 8 meters, 30 days out are mandatory.

A bit of history I like

Between the 16C and 19C, on the site of the basin stands an arsenal which gave it its name. To reinforce the defense capacities of the city of Paris, Charles V the Wise decides to build an additional enclosure in 1356 surrounded by two ditches, which will then be regrouped in only one under François Ier. At the time of Henri II, two bastions were added to that of the Bastille, After the destruction of the Bastille during the French revolution in July 1789, the Arsenal basin was dug to replace the ditch that filled the moat of the fortress with water of the Seine. The Canal Saint-Martin was built between 1822 and 1825, joining the Bassin de la Villette and the Seine at the Arsenal. It made it possible to shorten the journey between Quai Henri-IV and Île Saint-Denis from 35 to 12 km, passing under Place de la Bastille and at the same time bringing drinking water to the heart of Paris.

.The passage of the metro, upstream of line n ° 1 and downstream of line n ° 5 of the basin, required the construction of two metal bridges at the Bastille, for the rails and the station, and the widening of the Morland bridge. above the lock, in 1879 and 1928. The Arsenal metro station, now closed, is located on line 5 Bobigny / Pablo Picasso – Place d’Italie. Closed September 2, 1939, it has never been reopened. The access to the station was located on Boulevard Bourdon, at the outlet of the Mornay footbridge which crosses the port of Arsenal.

The Paris tourist office on the port de l’Arsenal

The city of Paris on the port de l’Arsenal

The Fayolle marine, management company of the port de l’Arsenal

There you go folks, another dandy in beautiful Paris. This one could be call an off the beaten path sight but worth the detour me think. When I go, I parked by the Bastille Indigo parking next to it, wonderful walks thereafter! Hope you enjoy the Port de l’Arsenal of Paris as I

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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