Panthéon - Monge
The 5th arrondissement is an intellectual, academic and tourist center. It’s also one of the liveliest districts in the evening. The Latin Quarter owes its name to its location, on the site of the old Roman town Lutetia of which there remains for example the amphitheater and the Thermes de Cluny, and to its many universities, including the Sorbonne founded in the 13th century by Robert de Sorbon where lessons were given in Latin, once spoken throughout Europe. Square Monge opened in 1859, and integrated the former rue Triperet. It was named after its proximity to rue Monge and the mathematician Gaspard Monge . One of the 5th arrondissement’s three markets is held three times a week there. The Panthéon, in the heart of the Latin Quarter, at the top of Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, sits at the center of place du Panthéon. It’s surrounded by the 5th arrondissement’s city hall, the Sainte-Geneviève Library and the Law Faculty. The monument, which is open to the public, now honors the memory of the men and women having marked France’s history. Rue Soufflot offers a lovely view stretching from the Panthéon to the Luxembourg Gardens. Of interest: Sorbonne; Panthéon; Jardin des Plantes; and Collège de France.