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Located between the 5th and 6th districts in Paris, on the Left Bank of the Seine, the Latin Quarter is historically the students’ and intellectuals’ neighborhood, with the Sorbonne at its nucleus on the sides of Mount Sainte-Geneviève.
The Latin Quarter is in a very propitious setting and has a tradition of university scholarship still highly present. Many institutes of higher learning and educational establishments are to be found in this area: University of Paris II, Jussieu, the Sorbonne, the École Normale Supérieure and the Academy of Fine Arts. The Latin Quarter has been called that since the Middle Ages, a time when Latin was the sole language spoken in medieval university courses. It was the official language there until 1793.
Quite close to Saint-Germain des Près, site of the Hôtel Lutetia, a landmark luxury hotel on the Left Bank, the Latin Quarter is home to many sites and monuments, such as the Luxembourg Gardens, the Pantheon atop Mount Sainte-Geneviève, the National Museum of the Middle Ages and the Bernardins college. On Rue Monge, one can see vestiges of Roman buildings: the Lutèce arenas, dating from the 1st century A.D., continue to be the oldest monument in Paris.
Ever a popular place, the Latin Quarter attracts many visitors, enchanted by its particular atmosphere, and bustles with numerous cafés, restaurants and bookstores.