La Sorbonne, Paris

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    Sorbonne universities.

    by breughel Updated May 16, 2011

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    La Sorbonne is not just one university; there are four universities referring directly to the Sorbonne:

    L’Université Paris 1 "Panthéon-Sorbonne" (ref my tip) teaching political sciences and economics, management, law and human sciences (38.000 students).
    L’Université Paris 3 "Sorbonne Nouvelle" with languages, literature, arts, human and social sciences (17.000 students).
    L’Université Paris IV "Paris Sorbonne" studying classical and modern languages, history, philosophy, human sciences, art, archeology, musicology, etc. (25.000 students).
    L’Université Paris 5 "Paris Descartes" with medical sciences, life sciences, human and social sciences, law, economics and management, science and technology (35.000 students).
    Actually these universities have their headquarters in the building of the Sorbonne but occupy a large number of sites in and around Paris.
    Furthermore the Sorbonne houses the Rectorate of the Academy of Paris and the Chancellery of the Universities of Paris as well as some research institutes.

    There is a Paris 2 university called "Pantheon-Assas" because the main campus is at rue d'Assas. Paris 2 is mainly teaching law.
    Globally Paris has 13 universities.
    The building you see on my photo 1 is the part of the Sorbonne on the rue St Jacques, the former Faculty of Sciences with the Sorbonne observatory.

    It is a nice area to walk: you will see fine architecture (faculty of law - photo 2) and the monumental Pantheon.

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    Lycée Louis le Grand.

    by breughel Updated Sep 14, 2010

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    Lyc��e Louis-le-Grand

    My photo shows the back of the prestigious Lycée Louis-le-Grand on the left side of the Panthéon. The entrance is rue St Jacques facing the Sorbonne. It is one of the elite secondary schools of France combined with the "classes préparatoires" preparing students for the "concours" competitive examination at the entrance of the "Grandes Ecoles". In France the "Grandes Ecoles" stand on a level which is superior to the universities.
    Grounded in 1563 by the Jesuits the "Collège de Clermont" at the start was named "Collège de Louis le Grand" after king Louis XIV offered his patronage. The college was often in competition with the University of Paris.
    At the Revolution the name was changed to Lycée. The Lycée Louis-le-Grand kept its position as elite establishment. Molière, Voltaire, and Victor Hugo were pupils as well as Georges Pompidou, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, and Jacques Chirac who became French presidents.

    A thorough renovation of the buildings started in 1995; one can now admire the results.

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    Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

    by breughel Written Sep 14, 2010

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    Paris is a city with a remarkable architecture; the various buildings of the Sorbonne are an example among many others. It is not possible anymore to have free visits inside but we can take pleasure admiring the outside.
    My picture is taken from the Pantheon square and shows the entrance to the Faculty of Law of the Paris 1 "Panthéon-Sorbonne" university.
    At Paris 1 political sciences and economics, management, law and human sciences are teached to 38.000 students, not just here but on 26 sites in and around Paris.

    Strange for an outsider is the fact this building on my photo is also used by the "Panthéon-Assas" Paris II University which is mainly teaching law to 18.000 students with the main campus rue d'Assas. The building "Faculté de Droit - Panthéon" is evenly divided between the two universities. This resulted from the split of the University of Paris in 1968 after the famous May 68 student revolt.

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    La Sorbonne

    by Diana75 Updated Feb 22, 2006

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    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.

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    Take a peak at La Sorbonne

    by Jefie Updated May 1, 2007

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    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.

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    The Princeton of Paris?

    by Paris92 Written Apr 13, 2008

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    Making students neurotic since the 1600s

    Do not miss a trip to the Sorbonne. The Harvard of Paris is as beautiful as it is prestigious and is a museum in and of itself. (Actually, there are a lot of people who say the prestige is just myth, but let’s go with it just for fun.) To get in, just say you want to go to the office of foreign students and they’ll let you in. Peek in the ampitheatres (Richelieu is the prettiest one), and if you have the guts, go upstairs and peek in at the stunning library. Be sure to roam around the courtyard and marvel at the gorgeous murals that are everywhere.

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    Eglise de la Sorbonne

    by Diana75 Updated Feb 22, 2006

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    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.

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    First University in Paris

    by Mikebb Written Aug 18, 2007

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    Our accommodation was in a street running along side the Sorbonne University and from our attic window we had a view across the university. Situated in the Latin Quarter the university was established in 1253 and was originally intended as a theology college and known as La Sorbonne but the name changed to University de Paris afer the revolution.

    Many famous names are connected to this university, one being St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556) the founder of the Jesuits which brings back memories of my school days being educated by Jesuits.

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    La Sorbonne

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jul 12, 2006

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    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.

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    The Sorbonne

    by Maryimelda Written Jun 24, 2013

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    The building known as the Sorbonne stands in the Latin Quarter 5 eme of Paris. It was originally the home of the University of Paris and dates back to the 13th century when it was founded by Robert de Sorbon.

    Today it remains a part of the University of Paris but in fact houses a total of 13 separate colleges. The name Sorbonne today refers only to the building itself not to any of the learning institutions which are located here.

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    Vth - The internationally reknown SORBONNE !

    by Maillekeukeul Updated May 9, 2005

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    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.

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    la Sorbonne

    by MM212 Updated Dec 9, 2010

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    Historically, one of the most prestigious universities in the world, la Sorbonne nowadays refers to several Paris-based universities specialising in different fields. The original Collège de Sorbonne was founded by Robert de Sorbon in 1257 as a theological school, at its current location in the Latin Quarter in Paris. It has had a complex history with l'Université de Paris, one of Europe's oldest universities, founded in the 11th century. Over time, different colleges were repeatedly combined and separated, most recently in 1970 when the enormous establishment was split into 13 different universities, only four of which are still referred to as la Sorbonne. The actual Sorbonne campus was completely rebuilt by Cardinal de Richelieu in 1653 who employed the architect, Jacques Lemercier. Further construction occurred in the late 19th century, by the architect Henri-Paul Nénot. The most recognisable structure is the domed Chapelle de la Sorbonne, described herein under a separate tip.

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    The Eglise

    by hquittner Updated May 2, 2008

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    The Chapel of the Sorbonne was designed by Lemercier (1635-42) on commission of Cardinal Richelieu (who is buried inside). The main entrance faces the Place and is 2 order-level Jesuit in style. A more magnificent entrance is on the north and faces a large enclosed courtyard which is the “main campus” of the University. The dome (1641-5) was the fifth one erected in Paris. A pair of fine statues stand at each end of the top of the facade but I cannot find out who they are (protectors?). Entrance into the Chapel is restricted to special exhibition times and for a Mass on the anniversary of Richelieu’s death.

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    LA SORBONNE

    by nygaston Updated Oct 24, 2006

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    Tom et Pierre

    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 ***

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    La Sorbonne

    by spanishguy Written Mar 12, 2008

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    The historic University of Paris (French: Université de Paris) first appeared in the second half of the 12th century, but was in 1970 reorganised as 13 autonomous universities (University of Paris I–XIII). The university is often referred to as the Sorbonne or La Sorbonne after the collegiate institution (Collège de Sorbonne) founded about 1257 by Robert de Sorbon, but the university as such was older and was never completely centred on the Sorbonne. Of the thirteen current successor universities, the first four have a presence in the historical Sorbonne building, and three include "Sorbonne" in their names.

    While the universities are now essentially independent of each other, and some now fall under the Académie of Creteil or the Académie of Versailles rather than the Académie of Paris, some residual administrative functions of the thirteen universities are formally supervised by a common chancellor, the Rector of the Académie of Paris, with offices in the Sorbonne. As of 2006, the Rector of the Academy of Paris and Chancellor of the Universities of Paris is Maurice Quénet. The Vice-Chancellor of the Universities of Paris is Pierre Gregory [1] [2]. Despite this link, and the historical ties, there is today no University of Paris system that binds the universities at an academic level.

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