Comfort Hotel Mouffetard/Latin Quarter
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The facade and the nave of the church at the bottom of rue Mouffetard date from the late 15th Century. The choir and chapels were constructed over the next century, with the exception of the Chapel of the Virgin Mary, which was not added until 1784, when the architect Petit-Radel resumed work on the edifice. In 1868, many of the neighboring houses were destroyed, in an attempt to liberate the sanctuary from its encroaching surroundings. The church played an important role in local history. Like the surrounding neighborhood, it remained under control of the all-powerful Sainte Geneviève Abbey up until the French Revolution. It was the focal point for several disputes involving Protestants and Catholics. The first episode involved persecuted Jansenists who took refuge inside its walls. Several of them were later buried here. More importantly, the December 27, 1561, a riot erupted between the Catholics and the Protestants, who found themselves worshiping in one of only two Protestant temples authorized by Catherine de' Medici. A confrontation was inevitable, as only the street separated the temple from the Church. The church was sacked, the temple was set on fire, and numerous deaths resulted on both sides. Several months later, practice of the Protestant religion was made illegal and the War of Religions began.
One of the oldest streets in Paris, Rue Mouffetard boasts both a lively marketplace and vibrant nightlife. "La Mouffe" is slightly suffering because of its popularity with tourists, but still retains some of its original character. The southern end is lined by open-fronted fishmongers, butchers and wine merchants. The narrowness of the street intensifies the hustle and bustle of the marketplace atmosphere emanating from the stalls of the market sellers further down in Square St Médard. The northern end, around Place de la Contrescarpe, is also worth a visit and has some good bars, (L'Irlandais and Le Requin Chagrin), and cheap restaurants. -Greg Blackman. For further information on the same you can call on +33 8 3668 3112.
Discretely situated in the 5th Arrondissement, these Roman ruins are easy to miss. They're a great place to come, however, if you're looking for a bit of greenery and a breath of fresh air in a friendly neighborhood setting. The ruins were first unearthed in 1869, and have since been excavated and landscaped. Parts of the Roman amphitheater are clearly visible: a testament to the Romans who founded the city of Lutetia, as Paris was first called. On weekends, expect to find families and loads of children running around. Or bring a book and a sandwich on a sunny weekday, and enjoy the peace and quiet.
It was decided in December 2010 that the former École Polytechnique’s garden would be opened to the public. This engineering school was founded by Napoleon at the end of the 19th Century. The Ministry of Higher Education and Research has settled in the buildings now and for security reasons as well as research worker efficiency, the garden will be open only on weekends and bank holidays. This à la française garden is 6085 square meters (65,500 square feet/1.5 acres). It is composed of trees, alleys, statues and a large square pool. It is the ideal place to relax after a walk in the Latin Quarter. For further information, you can contact +33 8 3668 3112.
This is a city location for Muslim worship and other services.
One of the most beautiful and historically significant churches in France, the L'église St Etienne du Mont is the final resting place of St Genevieve, Blaise Pascal, and Jean Racine. Its construction began in 1492 and wasn't completed until years later. Inside, you will find fine craftsmanship in the form of stone sculpture, wood carvings, and remarkable stained-glass designs. The architecture of the church is very extravagant, with large domed spaces lit by high windows, and long spiraling stone staircases. There are various panels inside that provide historical information.
The Panthéon is a must on tourist itineraries to the City of Light. One of its highlights is Foucault's Pendulum. Physicist Léon Foucault proved the rotation of the Earth with an experiment using a giant bob swinging from the dome. A replica of this model, named after the revolutionary scientist, operates under the same theory since 1995, and is one of the most visited features of the building.
Built in 1926, this is one of the largest mosques in France. The decor of wooden ceilings is made from cedar from Lebanon; the oriental rugs and fountains for performing ablutions whisk you off into another world. An accompaniment of lush greenery makes this oasis all the more welcoming on a hot summer's day. This fine Moroccan-style mosque with its own library and excellent restaurant is also renowned for its Turkish baths.
La Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes comprises the Jardin Des Plants' zoological display area, continually operating since its construction in 1794. The lengthy history of one of the world's oldest zoos is reflected in the architectural styles of animal enclosures. Small log cabins are still used to house the more diminutive animal displays while newer additions such as the aviary (inspired by Marie Antoinette's farm displays and constructed 1888) and the vivarium (1926) trace a legacy from Beaux Arts to deco. The sheer amount of animals on display here, clocking in around 1800, is impressive enough, only augmented by the fact that 30 percent of the menagerie consists of near-extinct species. A site of inspiration and conservation, this zoological treasure relies on ticket sales to help acclimate endangered animals and return them to their natural habitats.
Be it scientific, cultural or educational, National Museum of Natural History has something for everyone! Located in the heart of the Jardin des Plantes botanical gardens, it has dinosaur and whale skeletons, a stuffed rhinoceros dated from Louis XVI's reign, minerals and giant crystals, numerous insects, and everything you could ever want to know about the history of the botanical world. The centerpiece, the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution, is a source of vital information about the evolution of different species, the relationship between man and nature and problems related to over-population and pollution. The Gallery of Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy and Gallery of Mineralogy and Geology are also very informative.
The Panthéon is a magnificent building that was built between 1764 and 1790, commissioned by King Louis XV and completed on the heels of the French Revolution. Not only is the building renowned for its Neoclassical architecture, but the Panthéon is also the resting place of famous individuals such as Victor Hugo, Voltaire and Marie Curie. The architecture is inspired by the Roman Pantheon, with the dome closely resembling the dome of the St. Paul's Cathedral in London. This is a must-visit for all visitors of Paris - not only for the grand history, but the sheer beauty of the Panthéon as well.
Located in the Grande Galerie de L'Evolution, in Le Jardin des Plantes, La Galerie des Enfants is a specially designed exhibition area for children ages six to 12. Attracting families from all around, the gallery is so popular that it works on a timed schedule, visitors are admitted in shifts, allowing an hour and a half of discovery time. This highly interactive museum features hands-on experiments and educational activities perfect for parents and kids to explore together. Be sure to visit the website for times and ticket information.