Pantheon (5th Arr) Walking Tour, Paris

The city of Paris is divided into twenty "arrondissements municipaux", administrative districts, more simply referred to as arrondissements. The twenty arrondissements are arranged in the form of a clockwise spiral, starting from the middle of the city, with the first on the Right Bank (north bank) of the Seine. The 5th arrondissement of Paris (also known as "arrondissement du Panthéon") is the oldest arrondissement in Paris, and was first built by the Roman. Take this tour to visit Musée de Cluny, Panthéon, St-Séverin Church and many others.
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Pantheon (5th Arr) Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Pantheon (5th Arr) Walking Tour
Guide Location: France » Paris (See other walking tours in Paris)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Author: karen

1) Saint-Etienne-du-Mont

Saint-Étienne-du-Mont is a church in Paris, France, located on the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève in the 5th arrondissement, near the Panthéon. The facade and the interior of the building will take visitors back into the rich historic past of the city. The church is characterized by its curved axis of the nave to the transept, the choir screen of finely carved stone by Father Biard the latter existing in Paris (1545), his chair designed by Laurent de La Hyre and sculpted by Claude Lestocart and its organ case the oldest in the capital (1631). The church also contains the shrine containing the relics of St. Genevieve until 1793 (when they were thrown in the sewer), the tomb of Blaise de Vigenere, of Blaise Pascal, of Jean Racine, and Mg Sibour. Jean-Paul Marat is buried in the church's cemetery. The sculpted tympanum, the The Stoning of Saint Stephen, is the work of French sculptor Gabriel-Jules Thomas. Renowned organist, composer, and improviser Maurice Duruflé held the post of Titular Organist at Saint-Étienne-du-Mont from 1929 until his death in 1986. Huysmans described the church in the Connecting (1895) as one of the most beautiful churches in Paris.
Sight description based on wikipedia

2) Pantheon

The Panthéon is a building in the Latin Quarter in Paris, containing the remains of distinguished French citizens. In 1744, King Louis XV of France suffered from a serious illness and vowed to replace the old church of the Abbey of St Genevieve if he recovered. He did recover, and entrusted Abel-François Poisson, marquis de Marigny with the fulfillment of his vow. In 1755, Marigny commissioned Jacques-Germain Soufflot to design the church, with construction beginning two years later It is an early example of neoclassicism, with a façade modeled on the Pantheon in Rome, surmounted by a dome that owes some of its character to Bramante's "Tempietto". Soufflot had the intention of combining the lightness and brightness of the gothic cathedral with classical principles, but its role as a mausoleum required the great gothic windows to be blocked. Nevertheless, it is one of the most important architectural achievements of its time and the first great neoclassical monument.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Sorbonne University

3) Sorbonne University

Sorbonne University Paris, otherwise known as La Sorbonne University, is the world famous institution of higher education. Originally called the University of Paris, it is the world's second oldest university, founded by Robert de Sorbon in 1257. Almost half a century ago, a confrontation between the university students and administration led to the temporary closure of the Sorbonne on May 2, 1968. This, along with a threat of the authorities to expel all student activists, saw more than 20,000 people - students, teachers and supporters - walk out on the streets of Paris in protest. The police met the protesters with tear gas and made hundreds of arrests.

On May 10, 1968, after the first round of negotiations had failed, the students organized another rally on Rive Gauche, which again resulted in a clash with the police, followed by many injuries and hundreds of arrests. On May 13, over a million people spilled out on the streets of Paris. Eventually, all the detained Sorbonne activists were released and the university reopened as an autonomous "people's university" by order of then Prime Minister of France, Georges Pompidou. In 1971, the first five original faculties of the Sorbonne were reorganized into 13 interdisciplinary institutions. Four of them today occupy the historic Sorbonne building. The university has 12 campuses and 17 departments, offering courses in Arts, Languages, and Humanities. It also incorporates the prestigious communication and journalism school CELSA. Almost 25,000 home and international students enroll at the Sorbonne each year. Brilliant teaching staff and educational curriculum have ensured the university the top place among France's best educational institutions and the world's top 20 universities of arts & humanities.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Eglise de la Sorbonne

4) Eglise de la Sorbonne

Eglise de la Sorbonne was constructed from 1635 to 1642 by the famous architect Lemercier. The church has a Baroque facade and an elegant cupola that makes it look really big. The interior of the church is also quite impressive and the marble tomb of cardinal Richelieu lies within its walls.
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Le Champo

5) Le Champo

Le Champo, in full Le Champo – Espace Jacques-Tati, is an arthouse cinema in the Latin Quarter of Paris. Dating back from 1938, it is a favorite among students at the Sorbonne just a block away. It is notable for being a favorite haunt of important figures in French cinema history. The cinema is well-known for its retrospectives as it has programmed homages to Woody Allen, Tim Burton, Claude Chabrol and Stanely Kubrick. The cinema is noted for its striking art-deco facade. Le Champo's upstairs screen uses a highly unusual projection system. The projector is situated above the screen and depends on a periscope and a mirror at the rear of the theater.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Musee de Cluny

6) Musee de Cluny

The Musée de Cluny, officially known as Musée National du Moyen Âge (The National Museum of the Middle Ages), is famous for its magnificent collection of medieval artifacts. The building was raised over the remains of a Roman bath and was meant to serve as a private residence for the rich, 15th century abbot of the Cluny Abbey, Jacques d'Amboise. The other notable resident was Mary Tudor, widow of Louis XII. The Cluny was rented in 1833 to Alexandre du Sommerard, an amateur art collector, who was fascinated with the Middle Age artifacts and owned an impressive collection of those and Renaissance period objects. Prior to his death in 1842, Sommerard had donated his entire estate to the people of France. A year later, the building was turned into a museum.

The Musée de Cluny boasts a finest collection of medieval European tapestries, including "The Lady and the Unicorn" series made of wool and silk. Designed by French artists and woven in 1485-1500 in Flanders, this series comprises six scenes and covers the walls of an entire room, bringing to life the romance of the age of chivalry. Each of the scenes features a beautiful lady, a unicorn, and a lion. The backgrounds are filled with woodland creatures, plants and flowers, creating an enchanted landscape. Five of the scenes illustrate five senses: sight, touch, taste, smell and sound. The sixth scene is especially beautiful and intriguing. It carries a banner that reads, "To my only desire," and shows the lady placing a necklace in the case held by a servant. Many early medieval sculptures, from the seventh and eighth centuries, are present in the museum as well. There are also works of gold, ivory, antique furnishings and manuscripts. Underneath the building are the ruins of the ancient Roman baths destroyed in the 3rd century, during the Barbarian invasions. The best-preserved part of it is the cold water bath. Another valuable remnant, believed to be the oldest sculpture in Paris, is the "Pillar of the Boatmen" from the 1st century AD. The Musée de Cluny is an oasis of calm in the heart of Paris and is well worth a visit!

Operation hours: Monday, Wednesday - Sunday: 9:15 am - 5:45 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
St-Severin Church

7) St-Severin Church

The Church of Saint-Séverin is a Roman Catholic church situated on a busy tourist street Rue Saint-Severin, inside the Latin Quarter on the left bank of the river Seine. This is one of the oldest temples in Paris. At the end of the 5th century, King of the Franks, Clovis, established a settlement on the island of Parissi. Eventually, it became known as Paris and was made the capital of Clovis's kingdom. Clovis's wife together with Saint Genevieve were ardent Christians and persuaded the king to make Christianity the official religion of his domain. At that time, a hermit priest, called Séverin, also lived on the left bank. After his death, an oratory was built over his tomb. By the 11th century, a small Romanesque church, known as the Church of Saint Séverin, had been erected to replace the original tomb of the saint, which soon turned into a foremost religious site.

The key features of this church are the ancient stained glass and a set of seven modern windows, created by Jean Rene Bazaine, inspired by the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church. Also deserve mention is the church's bell, the oldest in Paris, and the odd column, designed in the shape of a trunk of a palm tree. Despite being a historic and religious monument, the St-Severin Church remains an active place of worship.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Theatre de la Huchette

8) Theatre de la Huchette

A small theatre in Paris' Left Bank, located in the 5th arrondissement, Théâtre de la Huchette is known for having played plays by the famous play-writer Eugene Ionesco for almost 50 years, his absurdist double-bill of The Lesson and The Bald Soprano in permanent repertory since 1957, as "Spectacle Ionesco." Today, a third play is presented and this changes from time to time. Despite the theatre's tiny size of only 85 seats, a total of over one and a half million spectators have attended the show. In 1952 Marcel Pinard took over as owner, and brought to the theatre the works of Jean Genet, Federico García Lorca, Ivan Turgenev, Eugène Ionesco and Jean Tardieu. Pinard died in 1975, and the theatre was threatened with closure. The actors who had played the Ionesco double bill since 1957 formed a limited company in order to continue production. The theater is claimed to be a true Parisian legend that has to be visited.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Rue du Chat-qui-Peche

9) Rue du Chat-qui-Peche

Originally called Rue des Étuves, Rue du Chat-qui-Peche is the narrowest street in Paris. With a width of only 1.8 meters, it is quite possible to reach out and touch walls on the both sides of the street simultaneously. Built in 1540, it was also known, at various times, by the names of Rue du Renard and Rue des Bouticles. Located in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, the street is virtually a pathway on the left bank of the Seine, just two minutes away from Place St. Michel. Its total length is 29 meters, extended from Quai Saint-Michel to Rue de la Huchette. The name, Rue du Chat-qui-Pêche, translates as “the street of the fishing cat” and originates from the picture drawn on a shop signboard. Hungarian author, Jolán Földes, who used to live here, has written a novel, called Halászó Macska Uccája, which is the Hungarian for Rue du Chat-qui-Pêche.

The back doors of many restaurants open to the street, emitting mouthwatering aromas of food cooked in the kitchen. The alleyway offers refuge from the hustle and bustle of the trodden tourist paths between Pont St. Michel and Petit Pont. You can take a short-cut through Rue du Chat-qui-Peche, but before you enter, make sure you are slim enough to squeeze through without getting stuck.
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Saint Julien le Pauvre

10) Saint Julien le Pauvre

Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre, in full Église Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre (French for Church of Saint Julian the Poor), is a Melkite Greek Catholic parish church in Paris, and one of the city's oldest religious buildings. Built in Gothic style during the 13th century, it is situated in the 5th arrondissement, on the Left Bank of the Seine River. Originally a Roman Catholic place of worship, Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre was built in stages from the 12th to the 19th century, and granted to Eastern Catholic Melkite community in 1889. Its original design was modified several times, and the resulting church is significantly smaller in size than originally planned. The church was dedicated to two medieval French saints of the same name: Julian of Le Mans and a figure from the region of Dauphiné. "The poor" is said to originate from Julian of Le Mans, whose dedication to the cause of the poor was considered exemplary.
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Shakespeare and Company

11) Shakespeare and Company

Located in the Latin quarter of Paris, Shakespeare & Company is the most famous English bookstore in Paris. Spread over two floors, this place is filled with books, particularly English books, from different periods and of different genres. The original bookstore Shakespeare & Company was founded in 1913 by an American girl named Sylvia Beach. Although it was shut down during World War Two, it was reopened at its current location in 1962 by George Whitman. The fame of the bookstore lies in the fact that many famous writers like Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce were frequent visitors of this shop.

Operation Hours Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

12) Saint-Nicolas-du-Chardonnet

Saint-Nicolas-du-Chardonnet is a Roman Catholic Church in the center of Paris. Originally built in the 13th century, it was largely reconstructed during 1656-1763. In 1612, Adrien Bourdoise founded here a training college for priests. In the 19th century, the adjacent Mutualité site was occupied by a seminary. Many changes have occurred in Saint-Nicolas's interior over the centuries. In the absence of a forward-facing altar, the original plan of the church, including the High Altar, allows it be seen without obstruction. There were also plenty of side altars inside the building, that were used mainly as storage spaces or display rooms.

In 1897, Merklin rebuilt the organ and replaced the old wooden tribune with that of stone. Saint Nicolas's organ originates from the old parochial church of Saints-Innocents, and was built by François Thierry between 1723 and 1725. Notably, in the late 17th century, famous harpsichordist Jean-Nicolas held here a formal position of organist. In 1961, the instrument was electrified by Roethinger and Boisseau. Between 2007 and 2009, the organ was rebuilt again, this time by Michel Gaillard. The Society of St Pius X got hold of the building in 1977 and has used it freely ever since despite the fact that the property had been in municipal custody since 1905. On June 22, 2002, the municipal council of Paris issued a resolution that the Society of St Pius X should be evicted from the premises. Mayor Bertrand Delanoe, however, opposed the decision, considering it an internal affair of the Catholic Church. On a typical Sunday, the church can have up to six masses served continuously, without interruption. It is the only site of the St Pius X Society in Paris and, although not their official French headquarters, is considered to be their national center.
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Bourse-Opera Attractions Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km

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Whether you are in Paris for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Paris has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes

To save yourself time and money visiting Paris's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Paris Pass, Paris Explorer Pass, Paris Museum Pass, or Paris Night Pass.

A city pass combines all or multiple Paris' top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Paris hotels that are conveniently located, but at the same time, also not so ridiculously expensive: Novotel Paris Les Halles, Les Rives de Notre-Dame, 9Confidentiel.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Paris, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Paris typically costs from around US$20 up to US$200 or more per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to enjoy sightseeing of Paris from the open top of the bus, listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get off at any of the stops along the two interconnecting routes (your ticket is valid for both).

- Alternatively, you can cruise along the river Seine on a similar hop-on hop-off sightseeing boat viewing Paris's top attractions from a different angle, able to get on and off as often as you want at any of the eight stops along the Seine riverbanks. The ticket is valid for one day (24 hrs) and may be upgraded to two days (48 hrs).

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour – this usually lasts about 3 hours and allows you to get a real sense of the city. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise would have done by walking.

- Pedal your way around Paris on a bike tour. In the course of 4 hours you will visit the city's most spectacular sights stopping at each of them for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning much about the city from an informative group leader.

- Take a walk around Paris with a knowledgeable guide for an alternative view of the French capital. Over the course of this 2-hour walking tour you will get insights and hear stories about every major classic sight of this fascinating city. A complete overview of Paris from the ground up!

- Come see the best of the French capital in just one day in a combo of a Seine river cruise and historical walk of Paris. You may start either with the Eiffel Tower or the Notre-Dame Cathedral making your way around the iconic sights of the city: the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Grand Palais, Alexandre III bridge, Invalides, Concorde Square, Orsay Museum, etc.

- Missing out on the French food, whilst in Paris, would be worse than a crime – it would be a mistake! If you don't want to make such a mistake, consider a private 3-hour food tour of Paris complete with a set of 10 unforgettable tastings the memories of which will last you a lifetime. Just make sure to bring along your appetite to make the most of the savory treats awaiting!

- Live a chocoholic’s dream right at the heart of Paris! Follow your sweet tooth sense on this 2-hour guided “chocolate walk” in central Paris visiting some of the best chocolate boutiques of the French capital, learning about peculiar chapters in the history of the city and the place delectable chocolate played in it. Adding to the excitement is a round of free tastings.

Day Trips

If you have a full or half day to spare whilst in Paris, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations, like Versailles, Fontainebleau, Champagne region, Loire valley, Normandy, or a combo of Honfleur and Giverny. For as little as US$90+ to US$200+ per person you will get a chance to discover highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, see the favorite residence of the French royalty, world-famous vineyards, charming castles, and historic battlefields of World War II. For any of these tours you may be picked up either straight from your hotel or any other place in Paris, and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned minivan or train (whenever applicable) to the destination of your choice and back again.