The Quartier Latin or Latin Quarter in Paris can be found near the West of the St. Germain along the Left Bank. This Quarter is located in the 5th and 6th arrondissement or district of Paris. In the heart of the Latin Quarter visitors will find the famous University of Paris, La Sorbenne, from where the region gets its name since Latin was widely spoken by its students.
The Latin Quarter of Paris is remarkably different from the more modern, urban regions of Paris because there are almost no corporate offices and modern buildings in this sector of Paris.
The Latin Quarter is very popular with tourists who visit the region to see the many historical buildings and enjoy the atmosphere of the little street-side bistros and small restaurants in the area. This area also has quite a few museums like the Musée du Moyen Age (Museum of the Middle Ages) which is also known as the Musée du Cluny, and the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle which is located the famous Jardin des Plantes.
Other interesting locations in this area include the Institute du Monde Arabe, Le Panthéon, various churches like the church of St. Julien-le-Pauvre and the church of St. Séverin.
Since, the Latin Quarter of Paris is home to many other institutions of higher education (apart from La Sorbenne), including the:
- École de Mines de Paris
- École Normale Supérieure
- Jussieu University
- Schola Cantorum
This area has always been mainly dominated by a student population who give the region a vibrant atmosphere. In fact, the Latin Quarter of Paris is such an excellent neighbourhood for education, that many newer educational establishments like the École Polytechnique have shifted to the Latin Quarter in order to expand their campuses.