UPDATE: NOTRE-DAME CATHEDRAL FIRE
On Monday, April 15th, a massive fire nearly destroyed the 850-year old Gothic masterpiece of Notre-Dame Cathedral. Thanks to the brave firefighters of Paris, the main structure and two iconic bell towers were saved, along with many of the cathedral’s artwork and artifacts. While the site is currently inaccessible, check the latest news about visiting on the Cathedral website.
If you would like to support the rebuilding efforts, donations can be made to the French cultural heritage organization, Fondation du Patrimoine, or the Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris, an international nonprofit set up by the Archbishop of Paris to help with repairs before the 2019 fire.
The vibrancy of the Latin Quarter is not to be missed.
Compass & Key has paired the lively Latin Quarter with the nearby icon of Paris, Notre-Dame Cathedral, on this self-guided walking tour. Explore Roman ruins, enjoy traditional French cuisine, and relax in one of the most beautiful parks in Paris. This itinerary for wandering has changed only slightly since the Notre-Dame fire in April 2019, as all visitors should take time to admire the gothic exterior and marvel at its history.
Covering the 5th and part of the 6th arrondissements on the Left Bank, the Latin Quarter enjoys a youthful exuberance with its large student population, many attending the prestigious Sorbonne, founded in 1253. The oldest district in Paris showcases the best of the city, with delightful cafés, beautiful shops, and an array of historic landmarks.
Fun Fact: Latin was widely spoken in and around Universities until the 17th century, and given the concentration of schools in this area, the Latin Quarter got its name.
Time: 1/2 day to full day
Entry Fees: Musée de Cluny and the Institut du Monde Arabe are included in the Paris Museum Pass, or cost €8 each without a pass
Starting point: Marché Maubert; Metro: Maubert–Mutualité
WANDER PARIS: A FREE, SELF-GUIDED WALK
NOTRE-DAME AND THE LATIN QUARTER
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