Guided tour of the Latin quarter

The Latin quarter is the oldest district of Paris.

According to Julius Caesar, the Gallics established their village Lucotetia on the Island of La Cité, but the roman city was built on the other bank, using the north-south road as a landmark :the cardo maximus (rue Saint-Jacques). So were built thermaes, arenas, a forum…

In the Middle Ages, in this district, devastated by the Vikings, the first University of Paris was created, breaking away from the teaching provided by the canons of Notre-Dame. The teachers, standing on a platform, used to teach their courses (in latin) on the street, in front of pupils sitting on haystacks…

District of pinters, illuminators and editors, it’s still the student district nowadays,  mixing modern way of life and wonders of our heritage ; in this way we’ll see : the smallest church of Paris Saint-Julian the Poor, the oldest tree of Paris, medieval little streets, Gallo-roman thermes, Saint-Séverin church, the Sorbonne…

 

Photo credits : Emilie Robaldo