historic Latin Quarter, St. Germain and the Left Bank, to the
glamorous Champs Elysée and Eiffel Tower on the Right
Bank, from the Louvre to the Musée Rodin, from the most
modest local church to Notre Dame, everything is located within
easy walking or Metro distance. And despite what you may have
heard about the "attitude" you might find in Paris,
rest assured that virtually every hotel has a friendly concierge
to help you get where you want to go - be it Montparnasse and
Sacre Coeur, Moulin Rouge or the Crazy Horse Cafe, or for a
ride on the Seine via Bateau Mouche.
Quarter is the oldest area in Paris, having been the centre
of Gallo-Roman Lutetia in the 3rd century. You will find remnants
of this period at the Thermes de Cluny, Roman baths standing
next to the Medieval Cluny Museum.
Since the Middle Ages, the Latin Quarter has been an academic
centre of knowledge and learning built around the Sorbonne University,
which was founded in 1231 by Robert de Sorbon, and reputable
lycées. This is why it conjures up images of old cobblestones,
bohemian writers and carousing students. The narrow streets also
seethe with perpetual eruptions as students'slogans and demonstrations
echo the songs of François Villon.
The Pantheon was built as a church between 1764 and 1790. Its
huge coupole dominates Paris from the top of the Sainte-Geneviève
hill on the Seine left bank.
The Pantheon stands in the heart of the Quartier Latin, the lively
and intellectual traditional Paris' student district with among
other institutions the Sorbonne university and the Collège
During the 1789 french revolution and shortly after its construction,
the Pantheon was turned into a memorial to illustrous frenchmen.
It now houses among others the remains of Pierre and Marie Curie,
the physicists who discovered the radioactivity, of Voltaire,
Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Victor Hugo, three famous French writers.
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