Place Saint-Michel

The Place Saint-Michel is a public square in the Latin Quarter, on the borderline between the fifth and sixth arrondissements of Paris, France. It lies on the left bank of the Seine, and was established between the 40-ies and the 60-ies of the 19th century.
The Place Saint-Michel is known as the site of 26-metres tall Fontaine Saint-Michel, constructed by Gabriel Davioud in 1855-60. Originally, the fountain's central statue was supposed to depict Napoleon Bonaparte, but the original conception came under criticism from opponents of Napoleon III; it was finally decided that the statue would be an image of Saint Michael, the Archangel.
College of Sorbonne is situated in the centre, which was founded in 1253 by Robert de Sorbon, the confessor and chaplain of King Louis IX. Among its principal patrons and benefactors was Cardinal Richelieu. He was buried in the church of the Sorbonne, where his tomb is still preserved.
The Espace Saint-Michel cinema, showing "the Last Temptation of Christ" by Martin Scorsese in 1988, is also situated there.
Famous Boulevard Saint-Michel runs south from the Place Saint-Michel. It is thirty metres wide and over a thousand metres long. One of the main buildings of the boulevard is the Musée de Cluny, National Museum of the Middle Ages.
The Church of Saint-Séverin, located on the lively tourist street Rue Saint-Séverin, is one of the oldest churches that remains standing on the Left Bank.
The Palais de Justice is located on the Ile de la Cité.
Address: Place Saint-Michel, Paris
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  • Davut, 01-09-2014

    Paris'in sokak eğlencelerinin yoğun olduğu bölge. Paris'in sokak sanatçılarını izlemek için buraya mutlaka uğrayın...

  • Arzu, 26-06-2014

    Worth checking! Impressive fountain. Good meeting place too.

  • Kate, 30-05-2014

    A fantastic square with the tallest fountain in Paris which is worth to stop and admire with great architecture and many statues.

  • Mila, 02-02-2014

    Вечером одна из самых оживленных и красивых улиц Парижа с множеством уютных кафе с видом на Нотр Дам -рекомендую! Море позитива и мест для фото.

  • Douce, 27-11-2013

    About 300 meters from Notre Dame cathedral and fabulous old 12th century churches : Saint-Severin and Saint-Julien-le-pauvre (many concerts to be found, especially on week-ends)

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