The Latin Quarter

You may think that visiting Paris is expensive, but not when you go to the right places, like the Latin Quarter, and just in case you were thinking saving money means missing out, then a wander around the Latin Quarter will put those thoughts to rest. There’s no need to meticulously plan a trip here either – it’s best to just wander and explore and see what you come across, and find out what made this place famous among tourists, students and artists all over the world.

Believe it or not, the Latin Quarter takes its name after the language of study from its University of Paris, otherwise known as the Sorbonne, built in its very centre in the 12th century. From the university, the language began to be heard and spoken on the streets, and news spread fast.

But, of course, there is more to this neighborhood than the famous university. For one thing, no one can ever visit the place and not notice the lively atmosphere and the friendly people animating it. Then, nothing is friendlier than cheap accommodation and low prices.

Le chat qui pĂȘche

There are, of course, options available for those seeking a little luxury too. As far as sightseeing is concerned, tourists can visit, besides the renowned university of Sorbonne, the Pantheon, the Markets of Rue Mouffetard, the Musee du Moyen Age, the Musee Curie and the Musee de la Prefecture, not to mention the churches of St. Severin, St. Ettiene du Mont or St. Julien le Pauvre. In fact, each and every corner of the Latin Quarter is worth exploring. But the thing people visit the Latin Quarter most for is simply the atmosphere of walking through the busy, narrow and historic streets that are lined with cafes, bars and restaurants.

Latin Quarter at dusk

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