The Latin Quarter of Paris is my favorite area of Paris, both for the ambience and for what you can see. Here’s a little tour of some of the sights of the Latin Quarter, from its place on the left bank of the Seine, just across the river from Notre Dame. It has its share of sidewalk cafes and historic architecture. If you’re in Paris, be sure to include time to explore the Latin Quarter.
The name of this area of Paris came about because the Sorbonne University opened its doors here in the 12th century. Latin was spoken at universities in those days, so Latin was the language heard on the streets of what now is the 5th arrondissement of Paris.
Shakespeare and Company Bookstore
Another well known bookish and fun place in the Latin Quarter is the Shakespeare and Company Bookstore. What a fascinating place to browse!
The Cluny Museum in the Latin Quarter is a small treasure of collections from medieval times. The architecture of the museum may catch your eye as you walk by. Be sure to stop in if you can. The most famous of the art inside is the tapestry of the Lady and the Unicorn.
The Paris Pantheon
If you wander around the Latin Quarter for long, you are sure to find the Pantheon. This large building, originally a church, it is now a tribute to the history of Paris and the burial place of famous writers and artists such as Victor Hugo and Voltaire.
The charm of the Latin Quarter is exemplified in the tiny cream puff cafe, Odette’s. Don’t you want to grab a luscious cream puff and a coffee and sit here awhile?
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