The area around the hotel


The Luxembourg Garden


Located on the edge of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, the Luxembourg Garden is inspired by the Boboli Florentine Garden and was created at the initiative of Queen Marie de Medici in 1612. Covering an area of 25 hectares, the garden is divided into a part in the French and the other in English. Between the two lies a geometric forest and a large basin. There is also an orchard, an apiary to learn about beekeeping, greenhouses with a collection of breathtaking orchids and a rose garden. The garden has 106 statues scattered throughout the park, the monumental Medici fountain, the Orangery and the Davioud Pavilion. Activities and facilities for children are many: puppets, rides, slides … A nice place to walk …


The pantheon


A grandiose building. Soufflot’s ambition is to compete with St. Peter’s from Rome and St. Paul’s in London. The monumental peristyle is inspired by the Pantheon of Agrippa in Rome.
A decorative program. From 1874, paintings on strengthened canvas illustrating the history of St. Genevieve and the epic of the Christian and monarchical origins of France adorn the sanctuary.
The crypt. Discover the great personalities buried in the crypt, who draw the face of our national identity. A permanent presentation summarizes the life and work of those who rest there, from Voltaire and Rousseau to Alexandre Dumas.
The pendulum of Foucault. Installed in 1851, it proves the rotation of the Earth.


The Cluny Museum


The medieval world on your doorstep!

The Cluny Museum, from its official name National Museum of the Middle Ages – Thermes and Hotel Cluny, is located in the 5th district of Paris, in the heart of the Latin Quarter, in a mansion of the thirteenth century: the Cluny hotel.

It has one of the world’s largest collections of medieval artifacts and works, and the adjoining Cluny Baths are also part of it.

The Cluny museum is first and foremost an archaeological site with testimonies prior to the Roman occupation, the Gallo-Roman baths of the first century AD, and a prestigious mansion of the fifteenth century. It is also a very rich collection, increased over time. In short, a place out of time …


The Latin quarter


The Latin Quarter is located on the left bank of the Seine in Paris in the 5th arrondissement and in the north and east of the 6th arrondissement, with the Sorbonne as its historic heart. It takes its name from the intensive use of Latin in courses given by medieval schools and universities established in the neighborhood.

The Latin Quarter is one of the most famous neighborhoods in Paris. It extends over the 5th and 6th arrondissements, with the heart of the Sorbonne district and the Sainte-Geneviève mountain. It is crossed by the “cardo de Paris”, the north-south axis corresponding to the current rue Saint-Jacques and boulevard Saint-Michel.

It is still a very popular area for students and professors, because of the presence of many institutions of higher education and research. This area is full of café terraces and small restaurants.


The Notre-Dame cathedral


The cathedral is from the beginning one of the most emblematic monuments of Paris. For a long time the highest construction of the city, it occupies in Paris a symbolic place of first rank, and is one of the most famous cathedrals of the country.

Building both religious and heritage, it is linked to many episodes in the history of France. Royal parish church in the Middle Ages, it welcomed the arrival of the Holy Crown in 1239, and much later, the coronation of Napoleon I in 1804, among others. It is under its vaults that a Magnificat was sung during the liberation of Paris on August 26, 1944 in the presence of General de Gaulle.

This cathedral (also a minor basilica) today welcomes more than 20 million visitors a year, making it the most visited monument in Paris and all over Europe. It celebrated in 2013 the 850th anniversary of its construction.


The Sorbonne


Since the thirteenth century, the name of Sorbonne evokes to the world one of the highest places of intelligence and culture, science and arts, a millennial knowledge that has passed through the centuries and resonating to us as a promise of excellence. Eight centuries after its founding, the “old lady” remains the prestigious symbol of the spirit of an entire people, a story that has shaped France today. Rebuilt by the Third Republic as a temple of knowledge to the glory of the republican education system, the Sorbonne has become the symbolic place of all the universities and academies of France. Headquarters of the Rectorate of the Academy and the Chancellery of the Universities of Paris, it now houses several internationally renowned higher education institutions, as well as state-of-the-art university research laboratories in multiple fields.