Paris Latin Quarter is a riverside quarter containing many historical monuments, museums and gardens, from the Sorbonne, Institut du Monde Arabe to the Middle Ages Musée de Cluny and the Museum of Natural History.
It is home of several universities , such as the prestigious University of la Sorbonne and many other important colleges, and is filled with artists, academics and students. The Pantheon, located on the top of Mt. St-Genevieve, looks out over all Paris.
The latin quarter area is stacked with second hand bookshops, including those specialising in English books, and masses of bistros. Quartier Latin has some of Paris’s oldest relics, the Gallo-Roman baths near Cluny which are the remains of the ancient Roman city on this site, the Eglise St-Etienne du Mont which is the memorial to St Geneviève, Paris’s patron saint. Within the quarter is also the Jardin du Luxembourg, dedicated to the children of Paris by Napoléon.
The Latin Quarter got its name because Latin was spoken here, and was in fact the official language until 1793. The university tradition lives on in this neighborhood, seat of the famous student protests of May 1968.
Main Sights and Landmarks in Paris Latin Quarter
The Panthéon — building dominating the Quartier Latin, completed in 1790. Main sights include the interior of the Pantheon and the graves in the church and in its crypt. It is the final resting place for Voltaire, Emile Zola, Victor Hugo, Pierre and Marie Curie and Alexander Dumas. Another famous building with the name “Pantheon” stands in the city centre of Rome Italy.
Université Paris-Sorbonne — the University of Paris is also known as Paris IV. It’s a university founded in 1253 and is the leading University in France focused on the Humanities and Classical Studies.
Musée National du Moyen Âge — National Museum of the Middle Ages, formerly known as the Musee de Cluny. Museum is located at 6 Place Paul Painlevé, south of the Boulevard Saint-Germain, between the Boulevard Saint-Michel and the Rue Saint-Jacques.
Rue Mouffetard — lively market street
Musée Curie — historical museum focusing on radiological research.
Église Saint-Séverin — Roman Catholic Church of Saint-Séverin located on the lively tourist street Rue Saint-Séverin, a street lined with restaurants and souvenir shops.
Saint-Étienne-du-Mont Church — situated near the Pantheon. It contains the shrine of St. Geneviève, the patron saint of Paris, the tombs of Blaise Pascal and Jean Racine. Jean-Paul Marat is buried in the church’s cemetery.
Location of Paris Latin Quarter : this Paris city centre area called Paris Quartier Latin is situated in the 5th arrondissement and part of the 6th, on the left bank of the River Seine.
Latin Quarter is easily accessible using public or private transportation.
Nearest stations : Paris Latin Quarter can be reached by several lines of the metro RATP and train lines RER.
The closest main line train station are Gare Montparnasse station and Paris Gare de Lyon.
Metro Stations : Cluny / La Sarbonne, Maubert / Mutualité, Cardinal Lemoine, Jussieu, Place Monge, Censier / Daubenton
RER Stations : Luxembourg and Saint-Michel Notre Dame RER stations.
By Bus : Quartier Latin is served by bus lines 27, 87, 86, 24, 21, 47, 87, 84.