Latin Quarter

Latin Quarter Paris famous neighborhood for Parisian and tourists has many sights to visit, the Pantheon, church, the Senat Luxembourg gardens, museum.  Quartier Latin, 5 and 6th arrondissement of Paris is situated on the left bank of the Seine River. 

Famous for its best schools La Sorbonne University and the College de France. Metro: Cluny – La Sorbonne.

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Pantheon Paris

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Pantheon is one of the main buildings to see in Paris. The impressive architecture is similar as the Pantheon in Rome.

It was the idea of Louis XV to build a church if he recovered from his illness. Beautiful work of the French architects Jacques-Germain Soufflot and Jean-Baptiste Rondelet. Later the Pantheon became a Mausoleum. You can visit inside the Pantheon. It's open every day except some public holidays.

The crypt contains the tombs of famous people Emile Zola, Rousseau, Voltaire, Marie Curie.

Saint-Étienne-du-Mont church holds the shrine of Saint Genevieve. In the cemetery, you find the tombs of Jean Racine, Jean-Paul Marat and Blaise Pascal. You can continue on the small street on rue de la Montagne-Sainte-Geneviève, a very old street of Paris.

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Chapelle de la Sorbonne

Chapelle de la Sorbonne is a chapel inside the huge complex of the Sorbonne. The foundations of the chapel (around 1326) have been discovered in 1897 when they have rebuilt the Sorbonne in 1897. At start the edifice has been built for the students of the College de Sorbonne. Don't miss to go inside, you will see the tomb of Richelieu.

A short walk from the Sorbonne is the famous restaurant Bouillon Racine. It was founded in 1906 and is classified as a historical monument. Beautiful Parisian decor.

Palais du Luxembourg Paris

Luxembourg Palace is the place of the French Senat. It stands in beautiful gardens. It was the idea of Marie de Medicis to build it similar to her native palace in Italy.

You can visit the Luxembourg Palace. There is a guided tour one Saturday per month organized by the National Monuments Centre.

Luxembourg gardens are ones of the most beautiful in Paris, fountains, statues, ponds. It's the second largest park in Paris. Everybody can enjoy the park with open-air music concerts and puppet shows (Guignol).

Jardin des Plantes is the most famous botanical garden in Paris. You can see different types of vegetation, the Alpin garden, the rose garden.  There are also four greenhouses with exotic plants.

La Menagerie is a small zoo in the Luxembourg gardens. It's a nice visit for the kids.

Grande Galerie de l'Evolution is a part of the National Museum of Natural History.  Display a large number of mounted animals, endangered species, amazing collection of fossils, huge dinosaur skeletons.

Looking for a hotel near the Luxembourg Palace? The Best Western Trianon Rive Gauche has some rooms with balconies overlooking the roofs of Paris. With views of the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral or the Pantheon.

Musee National du Moyen Age 

Musee National du Moyen age (National Museum of the Middle Ages) or Musée de Cluny is located in a very interesting site in the Latin Quarter, the baths of a roman city (I –III century) and the Cluny Abbey hotel (hotel des abbes de Cluny XV century). The museum holds the most famous tapestries in Europe, the Lady and the Unicorn from late XV century (La Dame à la licorne) discovered in 1841. The museum is closed on Tuesdays and some public holidays.

More sites to visit

Les Arenes de Lutece Gallo-Roman amphitheater situated on rue Monge. No admission fee, it's a free.

La Grande Mosquee de Paris is a beautiful white building in the 5th arrondissement. Inside there is a restaurant, a very nice tea house and a hammam.

Institut du Monde Arabe

Rue Mouffetard

S-Julien Le Pauvre

List of hotels near the Latin Quarter
  • Best Western Trianon Rive Gauche
  • Home Latin
  • Cluny Square 
  • Best Western La Tour Notre Dame Saint Germain des Près
  • Hotel Cujas Pantheon

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