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About Ile de la Cité
This part of the 5th arrondissement got its name thanks to the nearby Sorbonne University. When the Sorbonne was founded in the 12th century, all teaching was in Latin, and that's what students spoke outside. You won’t find Latin speakers here anymore, though the Sorbonne building does still preside over the boulevard Saint-Michel. It's now a heavily touristic area with overpriced restaurants and t-shirt shops, avoided by Parisians. Still, there are points of interest like the Cluny baths built during Roman Times, and the exquisite Saint-Séverin cathedral.
Read more about Paris's Ile de la Cité on Hipmunk's Ile de la Cité Neighborhood Guide.
Gorgeous is what Paris does best: Notre Dame and Sainte-Chapelle cathedral windows, Louvre museum and Musee d'Orsay masterpieces, Eiffel Tower and Sacre-Coeur panoramas, and haute couture and street fashion along Avenue des Champs-Elysees—and ooh la la, the food and wine.
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