La Sorbonne

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The grim-looking buildings to the south of rue des Ecoles are the Sorbonne, the Collège de France - where Michel Foucault taught - and the Lycée Louis-le-Grand, wich numbers Molière, Robespierre, Pompidou and Victor Hugo among its graduates, and Sartre among its teachers. All these institutions are major constituents of the brilliant and mandarin world of french intellectual activity.
You can have a look around the Sorbonne courtyard without anyone objecting. The Richelieu chapel, dominating the uphill end and containing the tomb of the great cardinal, was the first Roman-influenced buliding in seventeeth-century and set the trend for subsequent developments.

The Pantheon

Daily : April-Sept 9h30 -18h30. Oct-March 10h00-18h15. RER  : Luxembourg. Metro : Cardinal-Lemoine.

The broad of rue Soufflot provides a grand perspective on the domed and porticoes panthéon, Louis XV' thank-you to Sainte-Geneviève, patron saint of Paris, for curing him of illness. It was transformed during the revolution into a mausoleum for the great, and the ashes of Voltaire, Rousseau, Hugo and Zola, among others, were transferred here and laid to rest in the vast barrel-vaulted crypt below. If you have ever read Umberto Ecco, you might be interested to see a working model of Foucault's pendulum swinging at the site of the french physicist's 1851 experiment. A video with headphones in english tells the whole story.

Click here to visit famous Rue Mouffetard behind the Pantheon.

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