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The Latin Quarter & St Germain des Pres

The Latin Quarter & St Germain des Pres

Since the Middle Age the left bank surroundings in Paris has been dominated by the Sorbonne, and acquired its name from the early latin-speaking students. It dates back to the Roman town across the Ile de la Cité. In 1215 the Pope in Rome approved the establishment of a university on the left bank of the Seine in Paris. Students and teachers alike settled in the area and since Latin was the official language of education at that time, the area came to be called the Latin Quarter.

The area is generally associated with artists, intellectual and a bohemian way of life; this is mainly due to the thousands of students living around.

But the left bank also has a history of political unrest : In 1871, the Place Saint Michel became the center of the Paris Commune, and in may 1968, it was a site of student uprising.

Today the eastern half has become sufficiently chic, however, to house members of the French Establishment.

The left bank contains many of the Paris monuments, museums and gardens, ranging from the brand-new Institut du Monde Arabe to the Middle Age Musée de Cluny, or the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in the Jardin des Plantes.


Saint Germain des Pres access map
Latin Quarter access map

How to get there

From hotel Tivoli, Take bus line 73 at Charles de Gaulle Etoile to Assemblée Nationale and line 63 to St Germain des Pres in approx 25 minutes

Informations & hours.

From hotel Tivoli, take metro line 1 to Chatelet and then line 4 to Saint Germain des Pres in approx 25 mn.

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