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From the historic Latin Quarter, St. Germain and the Left Bank, to the glamorous Champs Elysée and Eiffel Tower on the Right Bank, from the Louvre to the Musée Rodin, from the most modest local church to Notre Dame, everything is located within easy walking or Metro distance. And despite what you may have heard about the "attitude" you might find in Paris, rest assured that virtually every hotel has a friendly concierge to help you get where you want to go - be it Montparnasse and Sacre Coeur, Moulin Rouge or the Crazy Horse Cafe, or for a ride on the Seine via Bateau Mouche.
The Latin Quarter:
According to My Hidden Paris, he Latin Quarter is the oldest area in Paris, having been the centre of Gallo-Roman Lutetia in the 3rd century. You will find remnants of this period at the Thermes de Cluny, Roman baths standing next to the Medieval Cluny Museum.
Since the Middle Ages, the Latin Quarter has been an academic centre of knowledge and learning built around the Sorbonne University, which was founded in 1231 by Robert de Sorbon, and reputable lycées. This is why it conjures up images of old cobblestones, bohemian writers and carousing students. The narrow streets also seethe with perpetual eruptions as students'slogans and demonstrations echo the songs of François Villon.
The Pantheon was built as a church between 1764 and 1790. Its huge coupole dominates Paris from the top of the Sainte-Geneviève hill on the Seine left bank.
The Pantheon stands in the heart of the Quartier Latin, the lively and intellectual traditional Paris' student district with among other institutions the Sorbonne university and the Collège de France.
During the 1789 french revolution and shortly after its construction, the Pantheon was turned into a memorial to illustrous frenchmen.
It now houses among others the remains of Pierre and Marie Curie, the physicists who discovered the radioactivity, of Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Victor Hugo, three famous French writers.
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