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  • Église St-Sulpice

    1. Église St-Sulpice

    St-Germain-des-Prés | Building/Architectural Site

    Dubbed the Cathedral of the Rive Gauche, this enormous 17th-century Baroque church has entertained some unlikely christenings—among them those...Read More

    Église St-Sulpice
  • Jardin du Luxembourg

    2. Jardin du Luxembourg

    St-Germain-des-Prés | Garden/Arboretum

    Everything that is charming, unique, and befuddling about Parisian parks can be found in the Luxembourg Gardens: cookie-cutter trees, ironed...Read More

    Jardin du Luxembourg
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  • Musée d'Orsay

    3. Musée d'Orsay

    St-Germain-des-Prés | Museum/Gallery

    Opened in 1986, this gorgeously renovated Belle Époque train station displays a world-famous collection of Impressionist and Postimpressionist...Read More

    Musée d'Orsay
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  • Carrefour de Buci

    4. Carrefour de Buci

    St-Germain-des-Prés | Neighborhood/Street

    Just behind the neighborhood's namesake St-Germain church, this colorful crossroads ( carrefour means "intersection") was once a notorious...Read More

    Carrefour de Buci
  • Cour du Commerce St-André

    5. Cour du Commerce St-André

    St-Germain-des-Prés | Neighborhood/Street

    Like an 18th-century engraving come to life, this charming street arcade is a remnant of ancien Paris with its uneven cobblestones, antique...Read More

    Cour du Commerce St-André
  • 6. École Nationale des Beaux-Arts

    St-Germain-des-Prés | Educational Institution

    Occupying three large mansions near the Seine, the national fine arts school—today the breeding ground for painters, sculptors, and architects...Read More

  • 7. Église St-Germain-des-Prés

    St-Germain-des-Prés | Building/Architectural Site

    Paris's oldest church was built to shelter a simple shard of wood, said to be a relic of Jesus' cross brought back from Spain in AD 542. Vikings...Read More

  • 8. Institut de France

    St-Germain-des-Prés | Government Building

    The Institut de France is one of the country's most revered cultural institutions, and its golden dome is one of the Rive Gauche's most impressive...Read More

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  • 9. Mairie du 6e

    St-Germain-des-Prés | Government Building

    The mairie (town hall) of the 6e arrondissement often stages impressive free art exhibitions and other cultural offerings. Stop by the accueil...Read More

  • 10. Musée de la Monnaie

    St-Germain-des-Prés | Museum/Gallery

    Louis XVI transferred the royal mint to this imposing mansion in the late 18th century. It was moved again (to Pessac, near Bordeaux) in 1973...Read More

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  • 11. Musée Delacroix

    St-Germain-des-Prés | Museum/Gallery

    The final home of artist Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863) contains only a small collection of his sketches and drawings. But you can check out the...Read More

  • 12. Musée du Luxembourg

    St-Germain-des-Prés | Museum/Gallery

    Located in the northwestern corner of the Luxembourg Gardens, this former orangery for the Palais du Luxembourg became the city's first public...Read More

  • 13. Musée Maillol

    St-Germain-des-Prés | Museum/Gallery

    Bronzes by Art Deco sculptor Aristide Maillol (1861–1944), whose voluptuous, stylized nudes adorn the Tuileries Gardens, can be admired at this...Read More

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  • 14. Musée National de la Légion d'Honneur

    St-Germain-des-Prés | Museum/Gallery

    A must for military-history buffs, the National Museum of the Legion of Honor is dedicated to French and foreign military leaders. Housed in...Read More

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