Learn about the history of the Latin Quarter in Paris with iMinds Travel's insightful audio knowledge series.
Spanning the fifth and part of the sixth arrondissemonts in Paris, the Latin Quarter is located on the Left Bank of the Seine where it borders Saint Germain-de-Pres and Montparnasse. The Latin Quarter derives its name from the plethora of universities in this part of Paris. Latin was widely spoken along with French in this Parisienne district until 1789. The most famous university in the Latin Quarter is the Sorbonne which was built in 1253 by Robert de Sorbon. Other famous colleges in the area include the École Normale Supérieure and the École des Mines de Paris.
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Frequent travelers to Paris as well as those who are still eager to visit the City of Lights for the first time will enjoy this audio encyclopedia article from iMinds. In this episode, accomplished Australian actress Margot Knight takes listeners on a brief but comprehensive tour of the Latin Quarter on the Left Bank of the Seine. With excellent French pronunciation and a learned delivery, Knight delves into the universities, historical monuments, and intellectual history that make up this storied neighborhood. Peppered with fascinating tidbits like the fact that James Joyce finished writing Ulysses a block away from where Ernest Hemingway finished The Sun Also Rises, this informative tour will definitely put some joie de vivre in a listener's ear.
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