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Top 10 the oldest places in Paris – part 1

July 3, 2018

1. The oldest house.

ancient tavern

Reading the history of Paris we could think that the oldest house of the French capital is on the Ile de Cite  – but no! The oldest house is actually in the third district at number 51, rue Montmorency. The house was built in 1407 by Nicolas Flamel – whose name you may know from the first part of the Harry Potter saga.

2. The oldest street.

Rue Saint Jacques is the oldest street in Paris, located in the 5th arrondissement it stretches along the Sorbonne and the observatory, up and down the hill from the Seine embankment to the Boulevard Saint-Jacques. It is also the quintessence of the Latin Quarter – apart from the Sorbonne, the street is surrounded by various other universities and it is here that students usually come to look for books in specialized bookstores.

3.The oldest garden.

The Tuileries, located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, is perfect place for morning walk and taking sunbath during summer. It was opened to the public in 1667 and became a public park after the French Revolution.Decorated with numerous sculptures and beautiful flowers it is a perfect place to spend an afternoon, and is a favorite of both art and nature lovers.

4. The oldest university.

Existing in a climate of study, the Sorbonne is the oldest university in France. Established unofficially in 1150 (it has been officially working since 1200), it owes its reputation to its history. Currently, the Sorbonne is a building in the 5th district, but the next three building of the University of Paris are called the Sorbonne too.

5. The oldest cafe.

If you are a connoisseur of coffee or just like to get your caffeine fix you should try one in Le Procope. Officially founded in 1686, opened its doors in 1689. This was a café for artists, intellectuals and politicians. It was frequented by Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot and d’Alembert. And while you’re there you might run into some ghosts!

Created by Joanna and Linda for Paris Tour 1