Basic Tour of the Latin Quarter, Paris

Explore the heart of Paris - Latin Quarter and Île de la Cité in one day.

Day 1: Basic Tour of the Latin Quarter, Paris

Luxembourg Palace

The Luxembourg Palace is located at 15 rue de Vaugirard in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. It was originally built to the designs of the French architect Salomon de Brosse to be the royal residence of the regent Marie de' Medici, mother of Louis XIII of France. After the Revolution it was refashioned by Jean Chalgrin into a legislative building and subsequently greatly enlarged and remodeled by Alphonse de Gisors. Since 1958 it has been the seat of the French Senate of the Fifth Republic. Immediately west of the palace on the rue de Vaugirard is the Petit Luxembourg, now the residence of the Senate President; and slightly further west, the Musée du Luxembourg, in the former orangery. On the south side of the palace, the formal Luxembourg Garden presents a 25-hectare green parterre of gravel and lawn populated with statues and large basins of water where children sail model boats.

Luxembourg Gardens

Paris' second largest public park. Well designed, beautiful, calm and lined with monuments and fountains - great for a sunny day. There are many fun facilities and activities for children, such as playgrounds, pony rides, swings, a puppet theatre, and a model yacht on which they can sail in the pond. Adults can play tennis, chess, bridge, or remote control boats. The garden also hosts concerts and free photography exhibitions.

Panthéon

This Neoclassical building that was originally built as a church, now serves as a mausoleum. Explore the canvas paintings that depict the life of Saint Geneviève and also the epic story of the origin of Christianity. Many great French public figures rest in the large crypt, including Rousseau, Honoré Mirabeau, Marat, Jean Monnet, Victor Hugo, Émile Zola, Jean Moulin and Marie Curie.

Saint-Étienne-du-Mont Church

This church stands on the original site of the Abbey Church, torn down in 1807. See the relics of St. Geneviève and tombs of Pascal and Marat. The chuch contains a unique choir screen, which you cannot see elsewhere in Paris. Particularly worth seeing is the golden reliquary, which preserved the remains of Sainte Geneviéve, the patron saint of the city. In 1793, they were thrown out.

Sorbonne University

The Sorbonne is an edifice of the Latin Quarter, in Paris, France, which was the historical house of the former University of Paris. Today, it houses part or all of 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.

National Museum of the Middle Ages Paris

Known as Musée de Cluny, this museum holds six spectacular tapestries called The Lady and the Unicorn. Apart from the famous tapestries, the museum presents many other significant medieval artifacts. It also hosts concerts, exhibitions, readings and workshops. Its gardens are also worth visiting, they are open to public free of charge.

Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris

Notre-Dame is probably one of the most well-known churches in the world and is a true masterpiece of French Gothic architecture. Both the outside and the inside is worth exploring and the reliquary holds many first-class relics. Higlights of this historical gem are definitely stained glassed windows and its western facade depicting the Last Judgement.

Holy Chapel

Situated a short walk from the Notre-Dame Cathedral, this whole chapel is lined by 13th-century stained glass, as an example of Gothic art jewel. The best visit is on a sunny day when you'll marvel at the spectacular lightshow.

Saint-Michel Square

The Place Saint-Michel is a public square in the Latin Quarter, on the borderline between the fifth and sixth arrondissements of Paris, France. It lies on the left bank of the river Seine facing the Île de la Cité, to which it is linked by the Pont Saint-Michel.

Conciergerie

Conciergerie is a former royal palace, built in Gothic style, that once served as a prison during the French Revolution. The road led directly to the guillotine from here. After the Bourbon Restoration, high-value prisoners were held here, including Marie Antoinette. You can visit her cell, which was turned into a chapel commemorating her.

Palace of Justice

The Palais de Justice, formerly the Palais de la Cité, is located on the Boulevard du Palais in the Île de la Cité in central Paris, France.

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