i’m david hill with new york habitat, and today we’re going to explore one of the liveliest and most popular areas of paris, the quartier latin, or the latin quarter. new york habitat – video with david hill latin quarter – part 1 paris, france
there’s so much to see in this area, that this will be the first of a three-part series dedicated to the latin quarter. so be sure to subscribe to our youtube channel and we’ll let you know when parts 2 and 3 are posted in the coming weeks.
located on the left bank, where the roman city of lutetia once stood, the latin quarter stretches from the river to the top of mount st. genevieve, now, the name latin quarter has nothing to do with the romans that once lived here. it actually goes back to
the middle ages, where students and teachers from all over the world came here to study, and they used latin as their common language. many universities were founded at the time, including the prestigious sorbonne
now the latin quarter is still the haunt of many students. but tons of people come here to stroll through its tiny streets, enjoy the cafã©s, the jazz clubs and take in some people watching. where better to start our video tour than where people tend to meet, at the saint-michel fountain.
stretching in front of us is one of the boulevards constructed by haussmann in the 1860s as part of napoleon iii’s project to rebuild paris. this is the boulevard saint-michel, called affectionately by parisian’s the boul’mich.
the fountain with st michael killing the dragon was designed to give a beautiful finish to the boulevard. the square to our right, the place saint-andrã© des arts, is a great place for cafã©-sitting. across the street and around the corner,
we are in for a taste of the old latin quarter. this area still has its narrow medieval streets, identifiable by the gutter down the middle. once filled with medieval students and teachers, craftsmen, merchants, and the knights
of the royal guard, these streets are as bustling as ever. they are now home to many picturesque ethnic restaurants. it’s difficult to enjoy your morning coffee and a vintage book from the latin quarter in a boring hotel room. for an authentic latin quarter experience,
make sure you book a furnished apartment or vacation rental for your next trip to paris. the eglish saint-sã©verin is considered the most beautiful flamboyant gothic church in the city. at one time, its tower dominated all of medieval paris,
somewhat like the eiffel tower today. rue saint-jacques was once a main road through the roman city of lutetia. it got its name in the middle ages, when it was used by pilgrims to travel from paris to compostella in spain, to visit the relic of the body of st james.
once a chapel on pilgrims’ route, this church by the name of saint-julien-le-pauvre is the oldest gothic church in paris. you can see a couple of the old medieval houses near the church. well, we covered a lot of ground today
here in the latin quarter in paris. if we missed any of your favorite hotspots here, make sure you share them with us in the comments section below. and be sure to visit our website at nyhabitat.com you’ll find apartments and apartment reviews here in the latin quarter
and all over paris. tired of boring, lifeless hotel rooms? consider booking a vacation rental or a furnished apartment for your next trip to the city of light. i’m david hill with new york habitat. we hope to see you soon here in the latin quarter.
or, as they say in latin, bonum cursum, or in french, bon voyage!