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"When are you in the Latin Quarter?" Latin Quarter Tip by hquittner

Latin Quarter, Paris: 47 reviews and 107 photos

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  • Jazz au parisien - Paris
      Jazz au parisien
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  • Base of monument to Auguste Comte - Paris
      Base of monument to Auguste Comte
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  • The man (closeup) - Paris
      The man (closeup)
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      Hanging out in the place
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  • In front of the Eglise - Paris
      In front of the Eglise
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Although a “Quartier” (quarter) refers to a neighborhood, its boundaries appear to be in the eyes of the sightseer. Guidebooks seem to never define the Latin Quarter but they should. VT is confusing too. (In New Orleans where I live, we have similar difficulties. It is called “Uptown”, “Carrollton” , “University area” and “Riverbend”--nobody will clarify this). The best working definition I can find relates the LQ to that part of the Left Bank where first the Romans and then the religious school students lived, around the Sorbonne. It is all in the 5th Arrondissement .The area starts in the NE at the Place Maubert (Metro) runs along Blvd St. Germain to “the Boul Mich’ (Metro), South along the Boul to r. Gay-Lussac, then East to where r. Thouin meets r. Descartes at the edge of the Pl. Contrescarpe and then back North. By this definition the Churches St. Julien and St, Severin are in the St. Severin Quarter which at its Northwest looks out on the Fontaine St.-Michel., behind which the street leads directly to St. Germain des Pres (this is another Quartier).
The pl. de la Sorbonne is the “second campus”of the University and is lined by bars, cafes and shops with lots of outdoor tables and the Church at the East end. A monument to August Comte(1798-1857) sits near the middle. He was a positivist philosopher and mathematician, the father sociology, fired from his post at the Sorbonne for his ideas but now very obviously reinstated. A jazz group usually appears in the early evening.
The area includes these sites: Pantheon, the Churches Sorbonne and St.-Etienne-du-Mont, lots of schools and the Cluny. Each of these has its own tip category.

Address: 75005 Paris, France
Directions: In the 5th and the 6th arrondissements of Paris
Phone: 0815601536

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  • Written Oct 30, 2006
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