Europe France Paris Paris Guide Things To Do Essentials Restaurants Nightlife Where to Stay Neighborhoods Itineraries Events All Paris Guide to the 5th Arrondissement in Paris Written by Courtney Traub Facebook Twitter Courtney Traub has covered Paris and other European destinations for TripSavvy since 2006. She is co-author of the 2012 Michelin Green Guide to Northern France & the Paris Region. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Courtney Traub Updated 06/26/19 Share Pin Email TripSavvy / Taylor McIntyre Paris's Fifth Arrondissement, or administrative district, is the historic heart of the Latin Quarter, which has been a center of scholarship and intellectual achievement for centuries. This district remains a major draw for tourists thanks to sights such as the Pantheon, the Sorbonne University, and the botanical gardens known as the Jardin des Plantes. If you're planning a trip to Paris, you won't want to miss the many attractions and historic locations found in this southeast-central district—found on the left bank of the River Sienne—that dates back to ancient times. Check out this map of the Fifth Arrondissement and get ready to discover the rich cultural, intellectual, and political history of Paris' oldest and most prestigious central district—originally constructed by Romans in the First Century B.C. TripSavvy / Taylor McIntyre Main Sights and Attractions When visiting the Fifth Arrondissement, you'll first want to stop in the Saint-Michel Neighborhood, which occupies most of this district to check out some of its local shops, historic venues, and numerous performance spaces. Roam down the Boulevard Saint Michel or Rue Saint Jacques where you can discover the Musée National du Moyen Age (Cluny Museum) and Hotel de Cluny, The Panthéon, or the Place Saint-Michel. While there, you can also visit one of Europe's oldest universities, The Sorbonne, which was built in the 13th century as a religious school but later turned into a private institute. It also features the Chapelle Sainte-Ursule, which was an early instance of the domed roofs that became widely popular in other historic buildings across Paris. Another great neighborhood, the Rue Mouffetard District, which is another of the oldest and most happening neighborhoods in the city. Here, you can check out the Institut du Monde Arabe, La Grande Mosquée de Paris (Paris Mosque, tearoom, and hammam), or the Roman-era colosseum, the Arènes de Lutece. The Fifth Arrondissement also offers several of the oldest theaters in Paris, some of which have been converted into movie theaters while others still offer a host of plays and musical productions for locals and tourists alike to enjoy. History of the Fifth Arrondissement Originally established by Romans near the end of the B.C. epoch as the city of Lutetia after conquesting a Gaulish settlement in the area. The Romans kept this city as part of their massive empire for the better part of 400 years, but in 360 A.D., the city was renamed to Paris and most of the population moved to the Île de la Cité across the river. This quarter of the ancient Roman city once housed a number of baths, theatres, and even an outdoor amphitheater, which you can still see remains of if you visit the district's Latin Quarter and search out the Les Arènes de Lutèce ruins. You can also see some of the remains of the baths if you visit the Musée de Cluny or take a peek inside the Christian crypt underneath the Notre Dame forecourt, the Place Pope John-Paul II, and remains of an ancient Roman road were discovered on the campus of the University of Pierre and Marie Curie. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit A Slice of Postcard Paris in the Quartier Latin: Exploring St-Michel The Top 32 Things to Do in Paris: Our Ultimate Bucketlist Prepare to Be Blown Away by These Historic Sites in Paris Your Complete Guide to the Neighborhoods of Lyon A Guide to the Arrondissements of Paris: Map & Getting Around Exploring the Musee National Du Moyen Age (Cluny Museum) The Top Things to Do in the Latin Quarter, Paris Top 10 Most Beautiful Places to Enjoy Sunsets in Paris Paris City Guide: Facts and Practical Information For Planning Your Trip What Does the Word "Arrondissement" Mean? Paris in Two Days: Tips and Itineraries for Seeing the Best of Paris All About the Musee du Luxembourg: Paris' First Public Museum Plan a Visit to the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris How to Visit the Archaeological Crypt at Notre Dame in Paris Interested in Arab Arts and Culture? Visit this Gorgeous Paris Center Decrypting Paris: What Exactly Is The Rive Gauche (Left Bank)?