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La Sorbonne

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Quartier Latin
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Founded in 1253, this venerable university, one of the world's oldest, has...

Founded in 1253, this venerable university, one of the world's oldest, has a long and storied history of academic greatness.

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Character . . . culture . . . intellect . . . architecture!

During our most recent visit to Paris, we took a long walk through the Latin Quarter and whilst on this walk, we took time out to have a close look at La Sorbonne. We found it to... read more

Reviewed 26 October 2015
Adelaide, Australia
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 22 January 2016

This old lady is a gem I've been passing by almost every day for 3 years before I finally managed to get in and see what's it been hiding all along - and it is just stunning! The staircases, the rooms, the amphitheaters...wow! wow! wow! I instantly wanted to go back to studying :) Skip all the other queues on... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 15 December 2015

I have the tendency towards old historical buildings especially the ones that house brilliant minds. I was introduced to this university through the author of "Laskar Pelangi" (translated to English as Rainbow troops) by Andrea Hirata who went to this university for his postgraduate study in his successive writings. The book itself is as epic as the places he described,... More 

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Reviewed 14 November 2015

Everyone must visit the Sorbonne. The history alone, how long it's been a world-famous university....just wow! I studied there in 1962, visited again 1971, 1998, 2012. First of all, sit in the cafes in the area, and pretend you're 20 again, backpacking thru Europe. Walk thru the ancient hallways and again pretend you're a student. What fun!

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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 26 October 2015

During our most recent visit to Paris, we took a long walk through the Latin Quarter and whilst on this walk, we took time out to have a close look at La Sorbonne. We found it to be a fascinating campus, oozing character and intellect. The area in which it is located consists of narrow laneways and roadways, containing not... More 

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Palermo, Italy
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Reviewed 6 September 2015

Impressive university, one of the best in Europe and in the world. Seems more like a Church, when walking by you can't help feeling like you would love to study there.

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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 15 August 2015

If you have had the dream of studying in Sorbonne, go there! Otherwise, I am sure you have much valuable choices that you do not have time to visit it.

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Cairo, Egypt
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Reviewed 3 August 2015 via mobile

It is a wonderful piece of architecture placed in wonderful location with the pantheon after it and Luxembourg gardens and narrow old streets of Paris with many cafes and souvenirs boutiques and the Latine area

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 27 July 2015

Attended a conference here in July, inexcusably hot and uncomfortable conditions (and the heat wave had already abated), because there is no air conditioning. France may have fast trains, but its climate control might as well be medieval: it certainly isn't even up to TWENTIETH century standards! If the Sorbonne is renting out its premises/hosting a conference, the least it... More 

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Reviewed 25 July 2015

Located in one of the most picturesque neighborhood, this University and the nearby attractions, are a beautiful place to visit. With narrow streets full of small cafes and restaurants, its a perfect place to get lost and enjoy the youth Paris. The architecture of the area its marvelous and its so well maintain but if you want to enjoy the... More 

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Windsor, Canada
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Reviewed 9 July 2015

La Sorbonne is one of the old universities in the world. Apart from that the area in which it is located harbors one of the nicest architecture you see in Paris and blends much to the nearby Quartier Latin. Just walking in its surrounding is a great joy.

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The Latin Quarter bursts with intellectual life, architectural splendour and ongoing merriment. The small streets are filled with classical buildings, student bars and lively eateries while the squares are dominated by historic monuments. The area is defined by the 800-year-old Sorbonne University, where Latin once prevailed, and is famous for the Pantheon which celebrates the great men and women of France. During the day students rush from classes to the library and intellectuals people watch from the terraced cafés. As night time falls the surrounding establishments fill up and the merriment really begins. The liveliest parts are around Rue Mouffetard, lined with crêperies and international street food eateries, and Place de la Contrescarpe characterised by terraced brasseries, this neighbourhood provides real nourishment for the mind, belly, and soul.
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