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Les Spires
—  Helvoran Municipal Arrondisemente  —
9th Arrondisemente of Rossterre
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Clockwise from top: Le Ampéthéatre; Toure de St. Jacobe; A street in China Town; Boulevarde de St. Martin, with view of Les Halles.
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State Tosque
District North Bank
Arrondisemente 9th Arrondisemente
Government
 - Mayor Émilia des Courte-Lyon
Area
 - Land 105.64 km2 (40.8 sq mi)
 - Water 0 km2 (0 sq mi)
Elevation 72 m (236 ft)
Population
 - Total 39,846
 - Density 379/km2 (981.6/sq mi)
 - Demonym 9er

This page is about the Municipal Arrondisemente of Rossterre. For the Suburb of Rossterre with the same name, see Les Spires.

The Ninth Arrondisemente of Rossterrre (Helvoran: l'Arrondisemente Nouner de Roixterre), also known as Les Spires, is one of the 26 Municipal Arrondisementes of the Capital City of the Kingdom of Helvore - Rossterre. Located north of the city's DCÉ, the area became known as Les Spires (lit. The Spires) due to its large concentration of cathedrals, churches, and towers. Additionally, Les Spires is the home of the northernmost part of Rossterre's China Town, and a number of other famous buildings, including the Roman ruin Le Ampéthéatre, Les Halles, the Place des Auteurs, the Place Dmitriov, and the Palais des Cardinales.

The 9th Arrondisemente is located north of St. Crimse and Seterre, east of Renne, and south of Vendeume and St. Richarde de Tosque. As a Municipal Arrondisemente, it is divided up into three major suburbs - Les Spires in the west, Ampéthéatre in the centre, and Soude Essine in the east.

The 9th Arrondisemente has a long history of education and multi-culturalism, and even today is home to some of the best schools and universities in Rossterre, including the University of St. Martin (USM), the Collége des Aegelle, and Les Halles. Today, Les Spires is the third most expensive Arrondisemente in the city of Rossterre (behind Bellétraite and St. Crimse), and maintains a good reputation as one of the most livable areas of Tosque

History

The Ninth Arrondisemente has its roots in the Abbey de St. Martin, built during the early 11th century as a Catholic monastery. The area immediately surrounding it quickly became well known as a region of religious institution, learning, and education. Rossterre's second oldest University, the University of St. Martin, was built in the early 13th century, and led to many of Helvore's medieval thinkers, philosophers, and artists to reside in the area.

The district's relatively central location, history of education, and natural beauty (being on a hill overlooking the Bay of St. Crimse) brought wealth to the area during the era of the First Helvoran Empire. It was during this time that Les Spires first became part of the proper city of Rossterre, and its population flourished. During the Helvoran Revolution and Civil War, it came under attack as a Royalist stronghold. Many of its churches and cathedrals were largely destroyed, resulting in the large number of iconic damaged towers in the area which can still be seen to this today.

Rue Aristotle

Photograph of the Rue Aristotle in Les Spires, one of Rossterre's newest dining areas.

Throughout the late Modern period, Les Spires flourished as an area of academic learning. The great Helvoran author Alexandre Dmitriov made his home here in the 19th century, and his house is still there today, now a museum dedicated to Helvoran literature. During the early 20th century, the China Town district sprung up in the region's south, bringing exotic cuisine and cultural diversity to the area.

Today, Les Spires remains a strong cultural area. It's large multi-cultural student population have brought different cuisines and cultures to the region, which is experiencing a rebirth as one of Rossterre's premier dining districts outside of the DCÉ.

Cityscape

Suburbs of Les Spires

A Map of the 9th Arrondisemente highlighting main roads and the three suburbs making up the district.

The 9th Arrondisemente is divided up into three major suburbs - Les Spires (postcode 000-009) in the west, where the Arrondisemente's Civil Centre, main restaurants, and landmarks are located; Ampéthéatre (postcode 000-109) in the centre, which is the location of many of the districts universities, schools, and churches; and Soude Essine (postcode 000-209) in the east, which is primarily a residential district.

Places of Interest

The following is a list of places of interest in the 9th Arrondisement, organised by their respective suburb.

Les Spires:

Ampéthéatre:

Soude Essine:

Colleges and Universities

The following is a list of the main universities, colleges, and other schools within the 9th Arrondisemente. Of these schools, several, including St. Martin University, are ranked among some of the oldest and most prestigious within the Kingdom of Helvore.

  • St. Martin University (Ampéthéatre Campus)
    • Located in central Ampéthéatre, the Universitaite St. Martin is the second oldest university in Rossterre, being established in the early 13th century. The campus in the 9th Arrondisemente is the principle campus of the university, with its other campuses being in Esterecharde, Syon, and Baroque.
  • Les Halles

    Photograph of the interior of Les Halles, one of the campuses of the University of Rossterre, and home to its faculties of Arts and Law.

    Montserrat University (Ampéthéatre Campus)
    • The Ampéthéatre Campus of Montserrat University, hosting its faculty of Medicine. Montserrat's campus in the 9th Arrondisemente is a premier medical research facility in Rossterre.
  • Les Halles (part of the University of Rossterre).
    • One of the oldest buildings in the 9th Arrondisemente, Les Halles is currently part of the University of Rossterre and serves as a base for its Law and Arts Faculty.
  • Collége des Aegelles
    • A medical and pharmaceutical school in south-western Les Spires, the Collége des Aegelles served as a military school for some years before becoming what it is today. The Collége is also a major research site in the fields of medicine and chemistry.
  • Panthéon University (Main Campus)
    • The newest university in Les Spires, located in north-western Soude Essine.

Main Streets and Squares

Below you will find a list of the main streets, roads, and squares within the 9th Arrondisemente. Those which are in bold are major thoroughfares within the city itself.

Boulevards, Avenues, and Highways:

Places and Squares

Palais des Cardinales

View of the Palais des Cardinales from the Place des Cardinales, at the intersection of the Rue Abbey de St. Martin and Rue des Spires.

Public Transport

Trains in Les Spires-0

A map showing train stations within the 9th Arrondisemente. Routes are colour-coded, with interchange stations in light green.

Metro Stations

The 9th Arrondisemente lies along the North Line of the Rossterre Metro, and five stations are within the district limits. These are as follows:

Bus Lines:

Bus Route Les Spires

Bus Route 493 leaving Vertrailles to travel to Le Ampéthéatre in the 9th Arrondisemente.

Several major bus lines travel through the 9th Arrondisemente. These are as follows:

Demographics and Culture

Main Article: Demographics of Rossterre

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Photograph of part of the Rue Aristotle, the main cultural precinct of the 9th Arrondisemente.

The significant number of universities and schools within Les Spires has attracted a large student demographic to the 9th Arrondisemente. As such, southern Les Spires and Ampéthéatre (particularly the central shopping and restaurant district around Rue Aristotle and the Place de Philosophie) has been extensively developed into one of Rossterre's premier cuisine and nightclub districts.

The 9th Arrondisemente is also the second most ethnically diverse arrondisemente in Rossterre, mostly due to a large international student population. Of these, Australians and East Asians form the largest international demographic (64%), followed by other Europeans (28%) and South Americans (6%). Foreign immigration has also led to an influx of restaurants of international cuisine, something which Les Spires has now become renowned for within Rossterre.

See Also