The striking edifice presiding over Paris' 5th arrondissement Latin Quarter, the historic La Sorbonne is renowned as one of the first European centers of higher education, housing the prestigious Collège de Sorbonne since its founding in 1257 by Robert de Sorbon.

It’s the building itself that garners the most attention, a sprawling campus rebuilt in 1653 by Cardinal de Richelieu to the designs of architect Jacques Lemercier. A blend of Baroque and Renaissance styles replaced the original medieval structure, but the last remaining building from this period is the iconic domed Romanesque Chapelle de la Sorbonne (the Chapel of La Sorbonne), where the sculpted tomb of Cardinal de Richelieu is housed. A wander through the Sorbonne courtyard and café-lined plaza offers views of the amphitheaters, library and observatory (which was reconstructed by Henri Paul Nénot in the late 19th-century), showcasing a picturesque variety of architectural styles.

Today, the building houses four divisions of the prestigious University of Paris -- the Pantheon-Sorbonne University, the Sorbonne Nouvelle University, the Paris-Sorbonne University and the Paris Descartes University -- as well as the extensive Sorbonne Library, and is open to the public only through pre-book guided tours.

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Historical Paris Sightseeing Tour Including Notre Dame Cathedral

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 38 Reviews

Explore historical areas of Paris by coach and enjoy an in-depth visit to Notre Dame Cathedral on this fascinating sightseeing tour. See and learn about top ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.66

Paris Left Bank Wine Tasting and Walk

4.5 star rating: Recommended 26 Reviews

Discover Paris’ famous wine culture as you explore its vibrant Left Bank or Montmartre districts on this 3-hour wine and walking tour. Choose to focus on the ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $91.00

Paris Latin Quarter Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 153 Reviews

Discover the Latin Quarter's hidden secrets on an evening stroll through the legendary Left Bank district. This Paris neighborhood contains more history and ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $22.75

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