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La Sorbonne University In Paris

The Sorbonne University is a symbol of Parisian prestige and is one of Europe's oldest universities and is located in the Latin Quarter of Paris.

You will find it by the Place de la Sorbonne, or the Sorbonne Plaza as it is also known, which is lined with cafes, although these Paris cafes are more frequented by tourists who want to experience the winding and quaint streets of this area, rather than the students.

La Sorbonne University Paris is a world famous university for higher education and was first officially established in 1257 by Robert de Sorbon for a group of theology students.  But from being called the Faculty of Theology, it then became known as the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts in 1271, yet the university was then named in honour of the founder, Robert de Sorbon.

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Unfortunately, today the only remnants of this old college that remain are the traces of the chapel, which is visible in the Sorbonne courtyard, yet the history of this famous university in Paris does not stop there.

A gentleman by the name of Cardinal Richelieu was elected president of the Sorbonne in August 1622 and a couple of years later he also became King Louis XIII's chief minister.  It was Richelieu who decided to rebuild the university and he entrusted the work to Jacques Le Mercier.

The first stone was laid on 28th March 1627 and the Sorbonne Church was first started in 1635, which is also the home of Richelieu's tomb, and Girardon's sculpture of the Cardinal.

Amazingly, the chapel is now the only building still standing from this particular time period, but the Sorbonne University was rebuilt yet again by Henri Paul Nénot from 1883 through to 1900, which was to provide even more room for the increasing demands of students.  Amphitheatres, test rooms, laboratories, a library that housed over two million works along with an observatory were all built for the growing student body and La Sorbonne University was considered to be one of the most important reconstruction sites of the end of the 19th century.

Over the years it has played host to numerous great people including the philosopher and mathematician René Descartes, the great writer Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre known as Jean-Paul Sartre and many more.

Today, approximately forty percent of the students are from all over the World and it still has a phenomenal International reputation, but just sitting outside on the terrace of a cafe in front of the college, you can experience the different architecture and atmosphere.

Postal Address & Contact Details:

Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)
1 Rue Victor Cousin
75230
Paris cedex 05
France

Tel: 1 40 46 22 11


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