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Paris 5th District - 5eme Arrondissement

This page was updated on: Saturday, January 4, 2020 at: 11:43 am

Paris 5th District

Paris 5th District is located on the Rive Gauche and is commonly known as Quartier du Panthéon.

It is the second oldest district of Paris after the Ile de la Cité (1st-4th districts).

Paris 5th District includes:

Quartier de la Sorbonne, Quartier Saint-Victor, Quartier du Jardin des Plantes and Quarter du Val de Grâce.

It has the highest concentration of Gallo-Roman vestiges.

It indeed corresponds to the town that developed some 2000 years ago on the left bank when the Ile de la Cité became too small.

This town stretched on Montagne-Sainte-Geneviève, then known as Mons Lucotitus.

It included a forum (on the site of the current Panthéon), administrative buildings, public baths (Cluny), amphitheatre (Arènes de Lutèce), shops, workshops and villas.

This town was deserted and destroyed during the barbaric invasions of the 3rd century.

It started to redevelop during the 5th century with the foundation of Ste-Geneviève Abbey.

However, it was once more deserted during the Norman invasions of the 9th century!

The foundation of the Paris University and Sorbonne in the 12th century re-launched the urbanization of the Quartier Latin.

Major religious institutions such the Val de Grâce and Panthéon were built during the 17th century.

The Jardin des Plantes was developed in the mid 17th century on land belonging to Sainte Geneviève Abbey.

The Porte St Victor was a fortified gate on Philippe-Auguste's wall.

The extensive urban works of Haussmann in the mid 19th century sadly eradicated most of the medieval district.

Fortunately the major Gallo-Roman vestiges were spared from demolition!

The bustling and effervescent Latin Quarter is framed by the green and quieter Val-de-Grâce, Jardin des Plantes and Arènes areas.

These enclaves were developed with an urbanization of quality during the 16th century.

Metro stations  serving Paris 5th District

Line 10: Cluny-La Sorbonne, Maubert Mutualité, Cardinal Lemoine, Jussieu
Line 7: Jussieu, Place Monge, Censier-Daubenton
RER B: Port Royal, Luxembourg, Cluny-La Sorbonne, St-Michel-Notre-Dame

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