The Latin Quarter of Paris has a long history as a place for artists and students. Located on the left bank of the River Seine, the district traces its name back to the middle ages when Latin was the common language of higher learning. The Latin Quarter remains the home of a number of schools as well as the coffee houses and other establishments that cater to the student crowd.
Place St. Michel
Michel has seen protests and artists and continues to draw attention today. The fountain has witnessed the French resistance to Nazi Germany as well as student protests of the days of peace and love in the 1960s. The fountain depicts St. Michel triumphing over a demon and has served as inspiration to thousands who have looked to triumph over their own political demons. The Boulevard St. Michel is one of the main streets through the Latin Quarter.
Originally built as a church in 1758, the Pantheon is now a tribute to great French intellect. Many of the great men of French literature and science are now buried in the mausoleum within the Pantheon. The architecture of the building is worth the visit even if you donâ€™t enjoy visiting the burying places of long dead authors.
Saint Julien le Pauvre
The English translation for this religious facility is Church of Saint Julian the Poor. The building has stood since the 1200s and was restored as recently the 1850s. The building is now noted for its architecture and collection of religious art. Adjacent to the church is the Square Rene Viviani featuring a fountain dedicated to Saint Julian.
Shakespeare and Company
One of the few remaining English language bookstores in Paris, Shakespeare and Company still maintains its independence. This bookstore provided the literary inspiration for the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein. The store also served as an outlet for literature banned in more conservative countries. The store continues to allow young and struggling authors to work and live on the grounds.
Jardin du Luxembourg
The Luxembourg Gardens offer visitors a chance to walk on real grass under the shade of green trees among the urban sprawl of Paris. The Park is adjacent to Luxembourg Palace, which is the seat of the French Senate. The gardens offer great views of area features including the Pantheon as well as relaxing features such as fountains and formal plantings.