Latin Quarter

The Latin Quarter includes parts of the 5th and 6th arrondissements of the city, and it's bordered by the popular areas of Le Marais to the north and Montparnasse to the south. It is an interesting and historic part of Paris with many things to see, places to visit, and attractions to explore. The area is called the Latin Quarter Paris because during its long history, Latin was the spoken language.

Quartier Latin
Quartier Latin  Image: Paris Tourist Office/ Amélie Dupont

Also known as 5th arrondissement of Paris, the history of the Latin Quarter Paris began with the Romans, who built a theater, amphitheater, forum, thermal baths, and roads in the area. The Cluny Museum, which focuses on the history of the Middle Ages and is located within the Quartier Latin, is the site of one of the Roman baths.

Some of the most famous and well-known places in the world are located in the Latin Quarter Paris. In this area, visitors will find the La Sorbonne and the Pantheon. In 1253, Robert de Sorbon founded a school for underprivileged students. From that time until present day, the school, known as La Sorbonne, has remained in the forefront in education.

Latin Quarter Paris Hotels
Latin Quarter Paris Hotels

Visitors will want to visit another landmark in Quartier Latin for views of Paris. The Pantheon, an imposing Neo-classical building fashioned after the Pantheon in Rome, supports a massive portico comprised of Corinthian columns. Originally designated as a church, it is the resting place for notable people such as Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Rene Descartes, and Marie Curie. Located on the top of Mt. Saint-Geneviève in the Quartier Latin, the Pantheon looks out over the city providing some of the best views of Paris.

Latin Quarter Paris Map
Latin Quarter Paris Map

Along with La Sorbonne and the Pantheon, there are three additional areas worth visiting. The first is the National Museum of the Middle Ages that focuses on medieval times of the Middle Ages. The museum's collection features written manuscripts, elegant tapestries, artwork, and objects used in everyday life from that time in history. The museum is open daily except on Tuesday.

Also in the 5th arrondissement, the 16th century Saint-Sulpice church contains several pieces of artwork by Eugene Delacroix. The church itself plays a role in the motion picture, the Da Vinci Code. Additional pieces of the artist's paintings and memorabilia are on display at the National Museum of Eugene Delacroix opened daily except Tuesday.

After a day of sightseeing in the quartier and strolling along the Seine, enjoy the Latin Quarter Paris in the evening for dining, nightclubs and dancing, late night bars, and musical entertainment. Start your evening off with a reservation at one of the restaurants in the Latin Quarter for an evening of fine dining. You will have a choice of a variety of cuisine at restaurants in the Latin Quarter including fine dining establishments like L'Atelier Maitre Albert, La Truffier, and Mon Vieil Ami. For a more intimate and cozy meal, bistros such as Les Papilles and Le Pre Verre provide the perfect atmosphere.

While visiting the city, take advantage of the Batobus River Cruise for sightseeing along the waterways. With eight stops along the route including the Eiffel Tower, Musee D'Orsay, St Germain des Pres, Notre Dame, Jardin des Plantes, Hotel de Ville, Louvre, and the Champs Elysees, you can hop on or off along the route at any stop. Boats run approximately every 15 minutes.

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