Not only is it the most important University in Paris, but together with other European institutions it is among the most popular and prestigious in the world. It was founded by Robert de Sorbonne in 1257, hence its name. However, not much remains of that institution, since during the 17th century Cardinal Richelieu carried out a reform both in the rules and in its architecture.
Important intellectuals have passed through its classrooms who have contributed with their work so that today we have a better understanding of the world and of life. Outstanding specialists in various subjects have also served as professors here. We could highlight Marie Curie, Simone de Beauvoir or Victor Hugo.
When it was founded there were very few colleges in Paris. We are talking about medieval times, in which only select creatures could access an education. The objective was that young people belonging to families with low resources could learn theology; For this reason, for a long time studying at this university was to specialize in that career.
Later it became an institution of high reference in the field of theological discussions and revolts between Christians and Protestants. Also, the political problems of various times led to the faculty being closed at certain periods. Although it never disappeared or lost importance.
But surely one of the events that most contributed to its popularity was the occupation of its facilities by students during the events of May 1968, one of the first major student revolts that marked a before and after in the history of the country and of this particular institution.
Visit the Sorbonne
When you visit Paris, you should not miss out on visiting it since being there will allow you to understand many things about French history and our times.
The Sorbonne is located in the Latin Quarter, near the Lycée Louis-le-Grand and the Luxembourg Gardens; an area surrounded by educational buildings and an absolutely cheerful and lively atmosphere.
If you wish, you can request a guided tour with or without an interpreter. It lasts an hour and a half and aims to show the rich heritage of the institution.
You can visit the Sorbonne at 47 Rue des Écoles.
Hours and price
If you want to know the interior of the building you must pay an entrance fee of €9; children under 12 years old do not pay admission.