Officially named after the Panthéon which is its most
famed building the 5th arrondissement is simply
known as "the 5th" or "Le 5e" or "Cinquième"
to those who live here.
One of the centrally located districts of the city it
borders the river Seine on the north, the Luxembourg
gardens and Palace on the west while extending
southwards as far as Les Gobelins Metro station.
As the oldest of the districts of Paris it is one of
the few places in the city were the layout of the Roman
town of Lutetia can still be seen. With Arenas,
Caldariums and more still visible today it is a
truly historic part of the city.
With a multi-cultural population it represents the
true modern France at the same time, and while the
population has past the peak it had in the 20the century
it is still a popular place to live, close to the major
city facilities but with a small town atmosphere.
Being the core of the Latin Quarter, named for the
prevalence of higher education institutes which of
course once worked entirely in Latin, the atmosphere is
also one of being a college town, and you'll find young
people, book stores, plenty of cafes and and a liberal
attitude even by Parisian standards.
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