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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 Collège de Sorbonne for 16 poor students who wanted to study theology.

The current Sorbonne building took its name from the former Collège 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