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Running in Ivry-sur-Seine: at the crossroads of industry, art and nature

Nestled on the banks of the Seine, Ivry-sur-Seine is a city steeped in history, with a rich cultural and architectural heritage. Once an industrial city, it has evolved into a dynamic conurbation where echoes of its working-class past blend with vibrant urban art and serene natural beauty. What's more, the city has been awarded the Terre de Jeux 2024 label, and will thus serve as a center of preparation for the Olympic Games. Thanks to JOOKS and the four routes offered by the town, discover the many facets of Ivry-sur-Seine, exploring its industrial heritage, thriving arts scene, numerous green spaces and sports facilities.

Ensemble d'immeubles appelé les étoiles d'Ivry-sur-Seine
The "Étoiles d'Ivry", a building complex from the 1970s

With human remains dating back more than four centuries, Ivry is one of the main archaeological sites in the Île de France region. Although Ivry has grown steadily over the years, it was during the 19th and 20th centuries that the town experienced a veritable industrial boom. A testament to this prosperity and the town's importance, Ivry-sur-Seine is overflowing with monuments and places of interest that cannot be ignored, many of them listed as Monuments Historiques.

Industrial heritage

Ivry-sur-Seine bears the indelible marks of its industrial heritage, testifying to its central role in France's economic history. Since the 19th century, the town has been home to a large number of factories and companies, whose location was facilitated by the railroad, the Seine and the Paris-Basle road. Industries ranging from textiles to metallurgy flourished here, attracting workers from far and wide in search of a livelihood.

Port d'Ivry au soleil couchant
The port of Ivry

Although most of them have now ceased operations or have been repurposed over the years, their presence persists in the collective memory of the city's inhabitants. As you follow our Workers' Memory trail, you'll come across remnants of this industrial past, from former warehouses transformed into art studios to renovated factory buildings now home to cultural institutions.

By preserving and rehabilitating these emblematic remnants of the industrial era, Ivry-sur-Seine remains anchored in its working-class roots, while revitalizing many of its neighborhoods, such as the port. An effective way of offering residents and visitors alike a fresh look at the city.

Urban art

From mural frescoes to whimsical sculptures hidden in unexpected corners, the city's streets serve as a living canvas for artists from all over the world. Each work tells a story, reflecting the diversity of perspectives and narratives that converge in Ivry-sur-Seine.

Fresque sur les murs de la ville
Fresco in the streets of Ivry

The rise of street art has not only revitalized neglected areas, but also fostered a sense of community and cultural exchange. Our Art in the City tour will take you on an exploration of these artistic treasures, from Espace Charpin to Vladimir Škoda's Sphère-Lumière.

As you stroll through the city, be amazed by the colors and shapes that adorn its walls and facades. Contemporary art has flourished here, transforming ordinary urban spaces into captivating galleries that celebrate creativity and expression.

Nature and biodiversity

With the aim of providing a pleasant living environment for all, the commune is committed to developing a range of measures to preserve the city's flora and fauna. As a result, it boasts a multitude of green spaces and parks that provide a haven for residents and visitors alike.

Le parc départemental des Cormailles d'Ivry
Parc des Cormailles

Enjoy a stroll along the water's edge on our Bords de Seine itinerary, or recharge your batteries on our Ville verdoyante itinerary, where parks and gardens offer a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Picnic by the water's edge, cycle along picturesque paths or simply immerse yourself in the beauty of nature as it unfolds around you.

The Seine itself is a place of leisure and relaxation, inviting boating enthusiasts and nature lovers alike to explore its meandering banks. Whether you're looking for solitude amid tranquil landscapes or are eager for outdoor adventures, Ivry-sur-Seine will seduce you with its natural charms.

Terre de Jeux

Ivry-sur-Seine's proximity to the capital, its transport networks, its hotels and its high-quality infrastructure make it the ideal candidate to host international delegations for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Façade du gymnase Auguste Delaune d'Ivry
The Auguste Delaune gymnasium, which will host hanball events

Not only does this certification enable the region to welcome foreign sports delegations, it also puts the spotlight on the region. Our four routes will take you on a tour of the sports facilities on the official list of Games Preparation Centers.

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