La Villette, Seine

La Villette was a French commune (municipality) in the Seine département lying immediately north-east of Paris. It was one of four communes[1] entirely annexed by the city of Paris in 1860. Its territory is now located in the 19th arrondissement, but a neighborhood has retained its name: the quartier de La Villette and the Parc de la Villette.

A Gallo-Roman village stood here along the Roman road that led north from Lutetia. About 1198 the district was named the Villa Nova Sancti Lazari, in French Ville Neuf Saint-Ladre, the "new village of Saint-Ladre", which referred to the leper hospice dedicated to the lepers' patron Saint Lazare (Ladre); it became Villette-Saint-Ladre-lez-Paris in a document of 1426.

In 1790 the Constituent Assembly of Revolutionary France raised the hamlet to the status of a commune.


  1. The others were Belleville, Grenelle and Vaugirard.

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