Posted by: danielfee | May 12, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 05-12-2012

La Sorbonne – Paris, France

The Sorbonne was founded in 1253 as a residence hall for 16 theology students. Eventually it became a major center for religious education. During the 16th century, the Sorbonne became a focal point of the intellectual struggle between Catholics and Protestants in Paris. It served as a major stronghold of Catholic conservative attitudes, from which the Catholics conducted a bitter struggle against King Francis I’s policy of relative tolerance towards the French Protestants. There was a brief period in 1533 when the University was placed under Protestant control. The Collège de Sorbonne was suppressed during the French revolution but was reopened by Napoleon in 1808 and finally closed in 1882.  The Sorbonne has been the historical house of the former University of Paris. However, it now houses several higher education and research institutions such as: Pantheon-Sorbonne University, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris-Sorbonne University, Paris Descartes University, École Nationale des Chartes, and the École pratique des hautes études. Today the word Sorbonne no longer refers to the University of Paris but to the historical building located in the Latin Quarter, the 5th arrondissement of Paris.


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