Paris left bank map helps you locate the top sights in this very Parisian and romantic district: the Seine river, Luxembourg Gardens, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Le Pantheon, Musee d'Orsay, Rue de Sevres, Mouffetard market, Musée d'Orsay. The left bank is also the traditional student district around Sorbonne university. Check three hour Left Bank Paris walking tour.
As the Seine river roughtly flows westwards cutting the city in two, geographically speaking, the left bank is the southern bank of the river and the right bank is its northern bank. When facing downstream, the southern bank is to the left, and the northern bank is to the right.
But, for Parisians, geography is not key. They are more restrictive. When mentioning the left bank, they refer to the district around Saint-Germain-des-Prés, sometimes extending it to the Latin quarter around the Sorbonne University and to Montparnasse around Tour Montparnasse.
The Eiffel Tower, for example, is geographically on the left bank, but in the mind of Parisians, it is not.
It can be said that the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district is the beating heart of the left bank and one of the most Parisian districts in town. Dominated by the tower of the very old and prestigious Saint-Germain-des-Prés Church, Saint-Germain-des-Prés has long been famous as the intellectual district of Paris with the likes of Jean-Paul Sartre and Boris Vian being regulars in cafes and night-clubs. Many visitors have a drink at Cafe de Flore or Deux Magots, the two most famous literary Cafes in Paris. It is too a top shopping area. The Saint-Germain-des-Prés district around rue de Sevres, rue du Four, boulevard Saint Germain, rue Bonaparte has many French fashion stores, including Hermes (17, rue de Sevres), one of the most spectacular fashion stores in town.
At walking distance from Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Luxembourg Gardens are certainly the preferred gardens of Parisians. Spread with statues, fountains and flowers, they are the most romantic gardens in Paris. They are crowded on sunny days. North of Luxembourg Gardens, the area around Saint Sulpice church is quite lovely. Since 1799, the Luxembourg Palace houses the Senate, one of the two chambers of the French Parliament with the National Assembly. Members of the two Houses are chosen by different electoral systems. The 348 senators are assisted by specialized civil servants and parliamentary aides. 2000 people work for the Senate. The Speaker of the Senate ensures the stability of France’s institutions. He is called upon to replace the President of the Republic in the event of his death or resignation. The Palace cannot be visited.
Le Pantheon is certainly the most famous monument on the left bank. It was built in the 18th century as a church dedicated to Saint Genevieve, the patron saint of the city. It was turned into a memorial place during the French revolution. The inscription above the entrance reads “To great men, the grateful homeland”. The large crypt accommodates the vaults of great French public figures, including Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Émile Zola, Jean Moulin, Louis Braille, Jean Jaures and Soufflot, its architect.
French King Louis XV vowed in 1744 that if he recovered from his illness he would replace the ruined church of the Abbey of Saint Genevieve with a monument worthy of the patron saint of Paris. The king regained his health. Architect Jacques-Germain Soufflot was chosen and the construction began in 1758. Due to financial problems, work proceeded slowly. The church was finally completed in 1790, during the early stages of the French Revolution.
Hotel Delavigne is just 250 m from Odeon Metro station and 650 m from the Luxembourg Gardens. It offers soundproofed accommodation with free Wi-Fi. Each room mixes contemporary decor with antique furniture and has a flat-screen TV. Individual private bathrooms are equipped with a bathtub or shower. The rooms on the upper floors offer views over the rooftops of central Paris.
There are few left bank hotels and service residences right on the Seine river banks. In between Notre-Dame and the Louvre Museum, right at the angle of rue des Grand Augustins and its amazing gastronomic restaurants, Citadines Saint Germain des Pres is one of the very few left bank hotels with a river view.
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