Latin Quarter of Paris

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Crossing of Rue Mouffetard and Rue de l'Arbalète © LPLT/cc-by-sa-3.0

Crossing of Rue Mouffetard and Rue de l’Arbalète © LPLT/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Latin Quarter of Paris (French: Quartier latin) is an area in the 5th and the 6th arrondissements of Paris. It is situated on the left bank of the Seine, around the Sorbonne. The area gets its name from the Latin language, which was once widely spoken in and around the University since Latin was the language of learning in the Middle Ages in Europe.

Known for its student life, lively atmosphere and bistros, the Latin Quarter is the home to a number of higher education establishments besides the university itself, such as the École des Mines de Paris, Panthéon-Assas University, the Schola Cantorum, and the Jussieu university campus. The most famous French schools – Lycée Henri-IV and Lycée Louis-le-Grand – are located here, were the readout of the French Elite starts with the so-called classes préparatoires, which prepare students after high school for the entrance exams of the elite colleges (grandes écoles). Other establishments such as the École Polytechnique have relocated in recent times to more spacious settings.

Théâtre de l'Odéon © Mbzt/cc-by-sa-3.0 Church of Saint-Sulpice © Mbzt/cc-by-sa-3.0 Collège de France © LPLT/cc-by-sa-3.0 Crossing of Rue Mouffetard and Rue de l'Arbalète © LPLT/cc-by-sa-3.0 Musée national du Moyen Âge in the Hôtel de Cluny © Pline/cc-by-sa-3.0 Palais du Luxembourg © Eric Pouhier/cc-by-2.5 Pantheon © Camille Gévaudan/cc-by-sa-3.0 Reading room of the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève © Marie-Lan Nguyen/cc-by-2.0-fr Saint-Étienne-du-Mont © Velual/cc-by-3.0 Sorbonne © Arnaud 25/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Reading room of the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève © Marie-Lan Nguyen/cc-by-2.0-fr
Many writers have lived in the area and written about it, like Honoré de Balzac, Gabriel García Márquez and Klaus Mann called. In May 68, the district was the scene of fierce clashes. Today, the quarter is known as tourist attraction and for its gastronomy scene, but still hosts major academic institutions. Rents have risen, so students can hardly live here anymore – if they do, then in the chambres de bonne, the former maid rooms.

Besides the numerous educational institutions and libraries there are many monuments and museums in the Latin Quarter, including the Panthéon, Collège des Bernardins, Musée national du Moyen Âge, Palais du Luxembourg (seat of the Senate), Jardin du Luxembourg, Musée du Luxembourg and the Hôtel des Monnaies.

Read more on parisinfo.com – Quartier Latin and Wikipedia Quartier Latin (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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