Tuesday, 30 June 2015

The Sorbonne

©Esther à Paris
Cour d'honneur

Today, I took a guided tour of the famous Sorbonne, named after Robert de Sorbon. We met our guide at the main entrance of the Sorbonne, rue des Ecoles, just opposite the square where stands the statue of Montaigne.

I was very excited to discover this place, considered worldwide as one of the most prestigious centres of intelligence and culture, of science and arts. I had the chance to have a very interesting guide who gave us plenty of details about this institution. For instance, he told us that at its beginning, in the 13th century, the Sorbonne had only 16 students for 4 teachers and that, at the time, the students studied outside.

Amongst the places I visited is the great amphitheatre (a listed building). It's a venue for many academic and non-academic events (national and international). I was very impressed by the amazing 25 meters long painting of Puvis de Chavannes. 

We also saw the Grand salon, the peristyle which leads to the reception rooms and the galleries of the Grand Amphitheatre, and I just loved it.

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©Esther à Paris

©Esther à Paris


©Esther à Paris

©Esther à Paris


©Esther à Paris

©Esther à Paris

©Esther à Paris