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Paris’ Latin Quarter and the Revolution

Paris’ Latin Quarter and the Revolution

The Latin Quarter is the core of the Left Bank — as the south side of the Seine River is known. In fact, the University of Paris, a leading university in medieval Europe, was founded here in the 13th century. And Parisians called this university district “the Latin Quarter” because that’s the language they heard on the streets. The French Revolution was kicked off with the storming of the Bastille prison. Today, Paris’ vast Revolution Square is called Place de la Concorde — “place of harmony.” The guillotine is long gone, and its centerpiece is an Egyptian obelisk.

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