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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In warm and elegant tones, performer Margot Knight leads listeners on a tour through the spiritual center of the City of Light. She describes the fascinating history of this sacred spot, from the earliest churches and temples built there, through the construction of the Notre Dame cathedral as a triumph of Gothic architecture. Listeners learn about Notre Dame's key features, including its famous flying buttresses and rose windows, as well as some of the many historic and cultural events that have taken place there. Even Victor Hugo's famous hunchback is given a mention. This is a nice-sized listen for tourists who want some background before a visit, without being bogged down in too much detail.
"I'm learning all sorts of stuff about stuff I didn't even know I didn't know. And it sticks. In a nutshell: wonderful." (Jonathon Margolis, Financial Times)
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