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Strolling recently in the Quartier Latin, I stumbled upon a few interesting buildings. That might give you some ideas if you plan to study abroad, or just want to enjoy a walk in Paris.
But first, what is this Quartier Latin?
The Latin Quarter of Paris (French: Quartier latin, IPA: [kaʁtje latɛ̃]) is an area in the 5th and parts of the 6th arrondissement of Paris. It is situated on the left bank of the Seine, around the Sorbonne.
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 Normale Supérieure, the École des Mines de Paris (a ParisTech institute), the Schola Cantorum, and the Jussieu university campus. Other establishments such as the École Polytechnique (also a ParisTech engineering school) have relocated in recent times to more spacious settings.
The area gets its name from the Latin language, which was once widely spoken in and around the University since Latin was the international language of learning in the Middle Ages. [wikipedia].
Here is a flavor of the neighborhood:
Relaxing, stopping at a terrasse and have some crêpes, while listening to music, or watching vélibs go by – what best way of enjoying Paris?
But OK, I was talking about studying…
Here are a few famous buildings, starting of course with La Sorbonne:
La Sorbonne has been the historical house of the former University of Paris. Nowadays, it houses several higher education and research institutions such as Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Paris-Sorbonne University, Paris Descartes University, the École Nationale des Chartes and the École pratique des hautes études.
The name is derived from the Collège de Sorbonne, founded in 1257 by Robert de Sorbon as one of the first significant colleges of the medieval University of Paris. The university as such predates the college by about a century, and minor colleges had been founded already in the late 12th century. During the 16th century, the Sorbonne became a focal point of the intellectual struggle between Catholics and Protestants. The University served as a major stronghold of Catholic conservative attitudes, and as such conducted a bitter struggle against king Francis I’s policy of relative tolerance towards the French Protestants – except for a brief period in 1533 when the University was placed under Protestant control.
The Collège de Sorbonne was suppressed during the French revolution, reopened by Napoleon in 1808 and finally closed in 1882. This was only one of the many colleges of the University of Paris that existed until the French revolution. [wikipedia]
I then had the joy to discover le collège des Bernardins or Collège Saint-Bernard, established by the Cistercians in the first half of the 13th century, when they started falling into the influence of the university mentality of the time, and desired to send their own monks study theology in Paris, instead of forming them at the monastery, as it had always been done for all the monks of that order before.
Well, sounds like after talking about the Cistercians, I need to talk about the ever present Benedictines of the time, with the prestigious abbey of Cluny.
Opposite the piazza in front of La Sorbonne is the Thermes et hôtel de Cluny, which is now the location of Le musée national du Moyen Âge. The building also dates from the first half of the 13th century – abbots of Cluny would come there when necessary.
There are many more things to see in Le Quartier Latin, but that will be for another stroll next week.
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IN THE QUARTIER LATIN?
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