Education is really important in a person’s life, regardless of his age, gender and nationality. French people believe in the importance of education, too. In fact, they have a special place that served as a home to their well-known universities and institutes: the Latin Quarter. If you are a traveler who wants to see how France celebrates its love for knowledge, then pay Latin Quarter a visit.
The Latin Quarter, also called as Quartier Latin to its locals, is located on the left part of Seine’s Riverbank, surrounding Sorbonne University. The area is called Latin Quarter because Latin is the language that was often spoken in that area during the Middle Ages. It is probably one of the best places to stop by when you are in France. You can strongly feel the youthful atmosphere here since young adults are common in this area.
If you simply want to sit down and put those tired feet to rest, then you must hang out at the Davioud’s huge fountain found at the head of the Saint-Michel Boulevard. This is the best place to observe the happenings inside this place.
There are also churches in the Latin Quarter. These are the churches of Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre and Saint-Severin. These are built as a student’s refuge.
There are a lot of academic institutions in Latin Quarter, which are all devoted to higher education. Aside from Sorbonne University, there is the École Normale Supérieure, the Jussieu University Campus and the Schola Cantorum. Institutions, which specialize in Technology such as the École Polytechnique and the École des Mines de Paris can also be seen in the Latin Quarter.
The place also contains lively bistros that serve as the students’ lair after a stressful day in school. In these bistros, youngsters can relax and chat with each other. Delicious treats such as a cup of hot chocolate and a basket of churros are served here.
Latin Quarter exemplifies both the serious and the fun side of a student’s life. If you want to feel it too, then head to this place and get ready to shed a few years off from your age.