Saint-Germain-des-Près and the Latin Quarter

The church of Saint-Germain dominates the square of the same name, home to one of the city's oldest cinemas and Café Les Deux Magots which, along with Le Flore and Brasserie Lipp, cemented the neighbourhood's literary reputation.New Orleans jazz and bebop were first introduced to Paris in the cellars of the Blue Note and Club Saint-Germain.The history of Saint-Germain-des-Prés is also reflected by the many publishing houses and art galleries which line rue Jacob.The student uprising in May 1968 made the Latin Quarter a hotbed of political ideas, and the area's prestigious schools, the Collège de France and the Sorbonne maintain this intellectual spirit.Saint-Michel fountain, a stone's throw from the Seine and Notre-Dame, is at the heart of life in the neighbourhood, close to a host of restaurants and to Odéon with its prestigious theatre and cinemas.

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