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La Sorbonne, Paris

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La Sorbonne reopenedin 2014 after three years of renovation work on this historical medieval building in the Latin Quarter, home of the former University of Paris. The library is famous for its collection of more than 2 million works. Today the site houses several higher education and research institutions such as Paris-Sorbonne University. The only remnant of the old 1253 college is the traces of the chapel visible in the courtyard. Amphitheaters, test rooms, labs, and will keep you busy while you admire the building's 17th-century architecture. Plan to see La Sorbonne and other attractions that appeal to you using our Paris trip itinerary planner.
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  • We were out walking and found ourselves in the complex of the Sorbonne. As retired teachers, we loved the college feel of the area and the wonderful architecture. How it would be good to be young and ...  more »
  • I have been trying to get into the interior for a while but you need student access. the building is massive as is its history but you can't go into the courtyard. Bummer.  more »
  • Sorbonne district provides a good stroll and cheap student haunts, oozing an atmosphere of intellectual conversation in the background. Also littered with some quirky shops for shopping around.  more »
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  • The inner court is deserted. That's good, after the excitement of the streets of Paris, spend a few minutes in a place of calm and contemplation with a stamp of prestige!
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  • A lot of good books. There are also the not found! But the rooms are very small and often full. A little noisy with old tables with a fixed footrest, very uncomfortable for tall people.
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  • A very historical place
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