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Sorbonne Guide

The intellectual heart of Paris.

The Sorbonne is a historic building in the Latin Quarter, the former location of the University of Paris and current home to Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Paris-Sorbonne University and Paris Descartes University.

47 Rue des Écoles, 75005 Paris, France
+33 1 40 46 22 11

Getting there

Metro: M10 to Cluny La Sorbonne; M4 to Saint-Michel or Odéon
Bus: 21, 27, 38, 47, 63, 85, 86, 87


Entrance is free.


Monday-Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM.


Only students and faculty are allowed to enter the Sorbonne. Other visitors must book a tour ahead of time.

Quick facts

In 1253, Robert de Sorbon, minister to Louis IX, founded Collà¨ge de Sorbonne for 16 poor students who wanted to study theology.

The current Sorbonne building took its name from the former Collà¨ge de Sorbonne at the University of Paris; a focal point of the intellectual struggle between Catholics and Protestants in the 16th century.

The library contains 3 million volumes and more than 18,000 printed theses.

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See the Sorbonne on the Latin Quarter Tour