The Sorbonne is one of the most prestigious, and oldest universities in the world. And it should be classified like this, especially when you consider its first class teachings and outstandingly beautiful buildings! I was lucky enough to be a student at the Sorbonne for one year, on an exchange program.
You would not be able to enter the buildings of the Sorbonne, you would have to be a student to do so, however, it is located in the Latin Quarter, and therefore it is important that you see the beautiful buildings from the outside!!
L'Université de Paris, better known as La Sorbonne, dates back to 1253. It has a long and rich history of academic excellence and student riots (does May 68 ring any bell?), and among its most illustrious students are Nobel Prize winner and novelist Elie Wiesel, Pierre Elliott Trudeau (former Prime Minister of Canada), Norman Mailer, Jean-Paul Sartre and Jean-Luc Godard, just to name a few. Students come from all over the world to study at La Sorbonne thanks to its great international reputation - in fact, it was a childhood dream of mine to one day study at La Sorbonne; it hasn't come true yet, but at least I got to see it! Or part of it anyways - unfortunately, since September 11, 2001, it is no longer possible to walk around the campus but you can still admire some of its buildings while walking through the streets of the Latin Quarter.
Most intrraurban universities are not blessed with much or any campus space. They may be crippled in this regard from the moment of founding, or the land is sacrificed for the lack of any other place to expand or worse by projects alien to the university. All this has happened to the Sorbonne, which is now an urban commuter institution. Even adjacent living quarters are beyond the finances of most students. So"student life" is confined to the public Place de la Sorbonne. If the students wish to be politically involved or just publicize an event they are reluctantly permitted to "take to the streets" along the northern (bus) lane of the Blvd. St.-Michel, quickly approaching from a side street, or use the Place Edmond-Rostand outside the Luxembourg Gardens(inside the Gardens is out of bounds), carefully watched by the police.
The Chapelle de la Sorbonne is a religious building in the Quartier Latin in Paris, that forms an architectural part with the Sorbonne.
The chapel that has been reconstructed in the 17th century distinguishes by an original façade and an elegant dome.
Sometimes, I took my time to visit Pierre, my former teacher (La Sorbonne) for a dinner. His wife Catherine is a "cordon bleu".
it's better than to go out for restaurant, and we discussed about LIFE, TRAVELS. They just went back from South India (a trip of 3000 km by bus from Madras) : lot of stories and pictures...
OTHER THINGS TO DO:
La Chine Massena, for lunch
Au coin des gourmets, 5 rue Dante **
Delice de Buci, 14 rue de Buci
L'autre bistrot, 22 rues des ecoles ***
Pho 67, 59 rue Galande: small vietnamese restaurant
Hotel St andre des arts email: HsaintAnd@wanadoo.fr
Jean Luc Pele, 3 rue de Poissy, St Germain en Lay (Patissier)
Le Bambou, 70 rue Baudricourt, Metro Tolbiac ****
Petit Hong-Kong, 1 rue Haute Feuille *
Hoa Nam, 51 ave d'ivry ***
Located in the Latin Quarter, the Sorbonne has been around since the 13th century. It is the oldest university in France. Inside Eglise de Sorbonne's cupola are painted Cardinal Richelieu's coat of arms, as well as his tomb. The corridors in this university are endless.
As it is well-known, la Sorbonne is the oldest university in France. Its age is more than 750 years. It is situated near to bd Saint Michel. Rober de Sorbonne was the confessor of Lui IX. He established the university in 1253. The teaching was conducted in Latin. Since then the area where Sorbonne is situated is named the Latin quartal. In 1635-1642 the church of Sorbonne was constructed. It is the unique ancient university building which kept up till now. Cardinal Rishele is buried in this church.
Built in the Jesuit style between 1635 and 1642, Eglise de la Sorbonne was designed by Lemercier.
On the cupola are painted Richelieu's coat of arms and angels.
Inside the church, that at the time of our visit was closed for restoration works, is the tomb of Cardinal Richelieu, made of white marble carved by Girardon.
The beginning of La Sorbonne dates from 1257 when a small college for 16 poor students willing to study theology was established.
During the centuries, La Sorbonne was rebuilt and restored so as to become the most important university in France.
The current building has, between others, 22 lecture halls, two museums, 37 tutorial rooms, 240 laboratories and an astronomy tower.
It's the place !! Situated along the rue Saint Jacques (in the 5th district of Paris), the famous Sorbonne is a splendid university. Its astronomic tower is emblematic of all the sciences and knowledge that is being taught within its walls.
Frances most famous University, the Sorbonne, right in the heart of the Latin Quarter, has been around since the 13th century
This unversity was founded in 1253an is a real symbol of France's great spirit of learning.Beautiful amphiytheaters and endless corridors all dated out of the 13th century;
Go to La Sorbonne...in Saint Germain des Pres...you won t miss it.
There is a lot of background, i ll be back to you as soon as I return home =)