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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Paris L'Open Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1432 Reviews

See Paris at your own pace on a one-day or two-day hop-on hop-off tour. With four interconnected routes, this tour is the easiest way to get around Paris and ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: Varies

From USD $43.65

Historical Paris Sightseeing Tour Including Notre Dame Cathedral

3 star rating: Worth doing 15 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 $84.56

Paris Left Bank Wine Tasting and Walk

4 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

Whether you are a wine novice or a wine lover, where better to become a connoisseur of French wines than Paris? You'll learn about French wines with three ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $102.30

Paris Latin Quarter Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 145 Reviews

Discover the Latin Quarter's hidden secrets on an afternoon 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 $27.28

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