Paris 6th District

Paris 6th District’s is located on the Rive Gauche and is commonly known as Quartier du Luxembourg as it unfolds around the Luxembourg Palace, the seat of the French Senate.

Paris 6th district - Cafe terrace
Paris 6th district – Cafe terrace

It includes:

Quartier St-Germain-des-Prés, Quartier de la Monnaie, Quartier de l’Odéon and Quartier Notre-Dame des Champs.

Paris 6th District’s unique atmosphere is the legacy of the St-Germain-des-Prés of the interwar when artists, philosophers and politicians met in the Café des Deux Magots, Café de Flore or Brasserie Lipp.

This district developed some 11 centuries ago in the vicinity of St-Germain-des-Prés, the influential abbey founded during the 6th century by the first kings of France.

The western section of the village was left outside Paris, when King Philippe-Auguste built its perimeter wall in the late 12th century.

It therefore became a faubourg.

Many religious establishments (today gone) and mansions were built during the 13th century and 14th century.

The Abbey of St-Germain-des-Prés was fortified during the Hundred Years War; the Faubourg St-Germain remained outside the rampart.

The area was once more sacked during the Wars of Religion.

The district was developed with an urbanization of quality during the 17th century.

Aristocratic mansions and prestigious religious establishments indeed turned the district into an affluent area.

These include the Luxembourg Palace, St-Sulpice Church, Hôtel de la Monnaie and the Collège des Quatre Nations (Institut de France).

The Quartier de l’Odéon grew around the theatre built in the 18th century on the estate of the Duc de Condé.

Sadly, St-Germain des Prés Abbey was pulled down at the French Revolution.

The Quartier Notre-Dame-des-Champs developed around the church that was rebuilt on the site of a Carmelites convent.

Paris 6th District benefited form its direct proximity to the Latin Quarter.

Its many schools, colleges and theatres have therefore uninterruptedly contributed to sustain a thriving book industry!

Haussmann‘s urban works of the mid 19th century fortunately spared the enclave encompassed within Boulevard Saint-Germain and the River Seine.

One of the most sought after districts, Paris 6th District is today home to luxury shops, restaurants and art galleries.

Metro stations serving Paris 6th District

Line 4: St-Placide, St-Sulpice, St-Germain-des-Prés, Odéon, St-Michel
Line 10: Duroc, Vaneau, Sèvres-Babylone, Mabillon, Odéon
Line 12: Sèvres-Babylone, Rennes, Notre-Dame-des-Champs
RER B: Port-Royal, Luxembourg, Cluny-La Sorbonne, St-Michel-Notre-Dame

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