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  • 1. Jardin des Plantes

    Latin Quarter | Garden/Arboretum

    Opened in 1640 and once known as the Jardin du Roi (King's Garden), this sprawling patch of greenery is a neighborhood gem. It's home to several...Read More

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    2. Musée de Cluny

    Latin Quarter | Museum/Gallery

    Built on the ruins of Roman baths, the Hôtel de Cluny has been a museum since medievalist Alexandre Du Sommerard established his collection...Read More

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    3. Rue Mouffetard

    Latin Quarter | Neighborhood/Street

    This winding cobblestone street is one of the city's oldest and was once a Roman road leading south from Lutetia (the Roman name for Paris)...Read More

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  • 4. Arènes de Lutèce

    Latin Quarter | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    This Roman amphitheater, designed as a theater and circus, was almost completely destroyed by barbarians in AD 280. The site was rediscovered...Read More

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  • 5. Grande Galerie de l'Évolution

    Latin Quarter | Museum/Gallery

    With a parade of taxidermied animals ranging from the tiniest dung beetle to the tallest giraffe, this four-story natural history museum in...Read More

  • 6. Institut du Monde Arabe

    Latin Quarter | Library/Archive

    This eye-catching metal-and-glass tower by architect Jean Nouvel cleverly uses metal diaphragms in the shape of square Arabic-style screens...Read More

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  • 7. La Grande Mosquée de Paris

    Latin Quarter | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This awe-inspiring white mosque, built between 1922 and 1926, has tranquil arcades and a minaret decorated in the style of Moorish Spain. Enjoy...Read More

  • 8. La Sorbonne

    Latin Quarter | Educational Institution

    Unless your French is good enough to justify joining a 90-minute group tour (€915 by reservation only), you can't get into the city's most famous...Read More

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  • 9. Le Musée de la Préfecture de Police

    Latin Quarter | Museum/Gallery

    Crime buffs will enjoy this museum hidden on the second floor of the 5e arrondissement's police station. Although the exhibits are in French...Read More

  • 10. Manufacture des Gobelins

    Latin Quarter | Educational Institution

    Tapestries have been woven at this spot in southeastern Paris, on the banks of the long-covered Bièvre River, since 1662. The Galerie des Gobelins...Read More

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  • 11. Panthéon

    Latin Quarter | Museum/Gallery

    Rome has St. Peter's, London has St. Paul's, and Paris has the Panthéon, whose enormous dome dominates the Left Bank. Built as the church of...Read More

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  • 12. Place St-Michel

    Latin Quarter | Fountain

    This square was named for Gabriel Davioud's grandiose 1860 fountain sculpture of St. Michael vanquishing Satan—a loaded political gesture from...Read More

  • 13. St-Étienne-du-Mont

    Latin Quarter | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This jewel box of a church has been visited by several popes paying tribute to Ste-Geneviève (the patron saint of Paris), who was buried here...Read More

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  • 14. St-Julien-le-Pauvre

    Latin Quarter | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This tiny shrine in the shadow of Notre-Dame is one of the three oldest churches in Paris. Founded in 1045, it became a meeting place for university...Read More

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