Like lot of cities with a long history we have an antic arena. They're partially destroyed but you can easily reconize the seats and the central place.
Entrance (free) by a door at 49 Rue Monge, métro : Cardinal Lemoine.
Few people know that, close to the "Jardin des Plantes" (a beautiful garden where you can find a geology and biology museum, as well as a zoo, a micro-zoo (to watch the bacteria around !!!) and a huge greenhouse...), the most famous Mosque welcomes every tourist around, ready to visit its inner temple, to have a tea accompanied with some delicious oriental cakes in its gardens or just to contemplate its architecture from outside...
The place is not far from the Metro stations "Censier Daubenton" and "Jussieu".
A beautiful place to visit and re-visit... I am quite ashamed as I have never been inside this splendid building... I should remedy to this situation next summer... By the way, it is situated next to the river La Seine.
The children take advantage of the large sandy arena of the amphitheater of Lutèce to play football! Yes, it is a historical place but it has still a social fonction today!!
I loved the fact that history and current way of life can meet so well! The gladiators are gone, but the footballer are there! What a great playground !
I think these signs are relatively new as I have not seen them before but they are all around the city marking historic spots. This one is at the lower end of rue Mouffetard next to the St. Medard Church. As I don't read French, I asked my friend (VTer GUYON), and he explained that there was a contoversy surrounding a group of Protestants, the jansenistes, and claims of visions and miracles in the church graveyard. I think the graveyard was closed and someone posted a sign: By order of the King, God is forbidden to perform miracles here. Talk about self-confidence! At any rate watch for these black and red signs and I hope you can read them better than I.
When you are tired of the yummy menus of the French chefs, of Italian restaurants, and Asian food, try this exotic place hidden outside the Paris Mosque: the cafe/restaurant has a pleasant garden in the heart of Paris and offers mint tea and couscous at moderate prices. You will also find a a hammam located in this lavish oriental ambiance. 39 rue Geoffroy Saint Hilaire 75005 PARIS.
I was surprised when our freind Lionel took us to see a Roman arena right in the heart of the Contrescarpe but there it was. As you can see, it is a great place for a Sunday soccer match. I suspect you could find boules being played here during the week. It is just off rue Monge as it runs south from Blvd St. Germain. So much of Paris was redone by the Revolution and by Haussmann that you don't find many reminders that this city has been here for 2000 years.
A great and exotic place to visit !
Start from Gare d'Austerlitz:
- Jardin des plantes, Zoo
- Musee d'histoire naturelle ***
- Stop at La grande mosquee (for a lunch or tea room) ***
- les Arenes de lutece
- Mouffetard (pretty streets and nice market) ***
- Chinatown (good food and stores)
- Chinatown (13th district) **
I had heard that little remained of L’Arène de Lutèce, the last Roman ruins in Paris, so I expected to see maybe part of a wall and a couple of steps. I was amazed to discover that it’s an entire arena! It's now located in a calm and quiet neighborhood. Hard to imagine gladiators fighting one another to the death, blood pooling in the sand.
Métro: Place de Monge or Jussieu. Follow the signs.
The "Institute du monde Arab" isn't really known by tourists. It's a building by the Seine, at Jardin des Plantes, boasting beautiful arquitecture: the windows have been covered with panels that open or shut according to the light of day, creating always the same atmosphere inside. If you study arquitecture, you have to see this one. Plus: you can go to the café on the top level by elevator and catch one of the best, hidden views of Paris! If you're a cheapskate backpacker like me, you will prefer the coffee machine besides the elevator, and you can still chill on the terrace with a friend or alone for virtually nothing.
You won't even be that far away from touristy stuff, afterwards you can check out the Jardin des Plantes or walk down famous Rue Mouffetard nearby.
Take Metro till Jussieu (line 7 or 10) and walk towards the Seine. You'll see the building standing on a corner.
East meets West in this building built in 1987 by Jean Nouvel and Architecture Studio on the banks of the river Seine.
The north facade faces the historical part of Paris (Notre-Dame etc.) and symbolizes the relationship with the old city while the south facade reflects the Arab geometry in the 240 moucharabiehs that make it up. These diaphragms open and close according to the light.
I heard you can have a drink or eat on top and the view is awesome but I'll have to go back to see it since it was closed when we were there.
Métro: Jussieu, Cardinal-Lemoine, Sully-Morland
Bus: 24, 63, 67, 86, 87, 89
Open everyday from 10 to 18:00 except on Monday.
In the 5th Arrondissement there is a charming little street called Rue Mouffetard. It's lined with cute little shops, bakeries and restaurants. I bought my first French Macroon on this street and wish I had bought a bunch more! It's one of the oldest streets in Paris not redone by Haussmann the architect and is an old remnant of a road to Rome via Lyon.
The Arennes de Lutèce is the only Roman ruin left standing in Paris. It's very, very easy to miss; right off Rue Monge, the entrance is through a park up a flight of steep, stone stairs. Once inside, you can watch locals play boule. Not too bad for a local neighborhood "playground."
Arene de Lutece is Paris' genuine Roman arena left over from the Roman occupation of these parts in the 1st century CE. At this time was called Lutetia. The only other Roman remains are the public baths at the Cluny.
The GREAT MOSQUE of PARIS : place du Puits de l'Hermite (Métro : Monge or Jussieu). It is paid by Saoudit Arabia
9:00AM to 12:00 & 2:00PM to 6:00PM
A very pretty building
Guided visit. When we visited the guide told us the women do not have to go outdoor because that brings troubles... The femal attendance seemed a bit nervous.