Latin / Latin Quarter:
The Quartier Latin (Latin Quarter) is an area in the 5th arrondissement
of Paris, France, around the Sorbonne University.
The name derives from the Latin language, which was widely
spoken in the Middle Ages in and around the University.
It currently still
houses various higher education establishments, such as the École Normale Supérieure, the École
des Mines and the Jussieu university campus.
The Romans, after having conquered the Parisii tribe in 52
BC and taken up residence
on the Ile de la Cité, extended their settlements little by little along
the Left Bank of the Seine. They eventually reached what is now Mt. St-Geneviève,
which got its name from the brave girl that banded the Parisians together during
the barbarian raids. The Romans built a Forum, a theater and amphitheater, an
aqueduct, thermal baths, as well as laying main roads through the area (such
as the modern Rue St. Jacques). Traces of this ancient era still remain today;
especially at the Cluny Museum, site of an old thermal bath.
In the 12th century, the University of Paris took up residence in the old Notre-Dame
cloister on the Left Bank; ever since, the whole neighborhood has been marked
by its scholarly traditions. In 1253, Robert de Sorbon founded a school for the
poor that over time gained international renown: The Sorbonne. The allure of
the Sorbonne attracts huge numbers of students; it has been a powerful center
of learning throughout its history.
The Latin Quarter got its name because Latin was spoken here,
and was in fact the official language until 1793. The university
tradition lives on in this neighborhood, seat of the famous
student protests of May 1968.
Many rich monuments
are also to be found in the area. The Pantheon, located on
the top of Mt. St-Geneviève, looks
out over all Paris. Tourists often love to stroll through this
quaint, historic area; its many cafés, restaurants,
theaters, and little bookshops make it a lively and attractive
place to visit.
On the left bank, in the heart of the Latin quarter, a few
steps away from Saint-Germain des Pres, Notre Dame de Paris and
the business district of Montparnasse, Observatoire-Luxembourg
hotel is very well located. Recently renoved, all guest rooms are
completely air-conditioned with marble bathrooms, telephone direct
line, cable TV, hair
dryer and individual safety box. Observatoire-Luxembourg hotel
is 35 minutes on a direct line from Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle
the Villepinte exhibition
park, and the Disneyland Paris park. An American Buffet breakfast
is served in the breakfast room from 7 to 11 am.