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Situated in the 5th arrondissement, the Saint-Victor neighbourhood is the 17th administrative district of Paris.

In order to precisely delimit this 60.4 hectare area, you must first know that it is located between the Sorbonne neighbourhood (to the west), the 4th arrondissement (to the north) and the Jardin des Plantes district (to the east and south).

The boundaries of this district are not very clear. Indeed, it seems that to the west, the border is at Place de la Contrescarpe. Then, you have to go back up via Rue Mouffetard, Rue Descartes, Rue de la Montagne Sainte Geneviève, Rue Monge, Rue Frédéric Sauton and Rue du Haut Pavé. When you arrive at Quai de Montebello, turn right and continue along Quai de la Tournelle and Quai Saint Bernard (although the neighbourhood is more precisely limited by the Seine and includes part of Pont de Sully, Pont de la Tournelle and Pont de l’Archevêché). Finally, to reach Place de la Contrescarpe and finish the loop, you have to go through Rue Cuvier and Rue Lacépède.



The name of this neighbourhood comes from the Abbey of Saint Victor, paying tribute to a Roman grammarian named Gaius Marius Victorius, who was born in 290 in Africa and died in Rome in 354. Built in the 13th century and destroyed in 1811, this abbey was known at that time to be one of the most important centres of intellectual life in the medieval West (especially in philosophy and theology).

But there was also an amphitheatre and Gallo-Roman arenas in this area. Thus, an act of 1284 speaks of a place called “Les arènes devant Saint-Victor” (The Arena in front of St. Victor).


Cultural sites

  • Institut du monde arabe (Arab World Institute), which bridges the gap between Arab and Western culture.
  • Maison de la Mutualité (listed as a historical monument in 2011)
  • Saint-Nicolas-du-Chardonnay Church
  • Collège des Bernardins (listed as a historical monument in 1887)
  • The open-air Sculpture Museum (Musée de la Sculpture en plein air)


Local landmarks

  • Arènes de Lutèce: even though these arenas were built in the 1st century AD, they were repaired and restored many times (mainly thanks to the excavations undertaken in the 19th century). At that time, theatrical performances were held there, but also arena games such as gladiatorial fights. Today, they are open to everyone and can host events and small festivals. Please note: they have been classified as historical monuments since 1884.
  • Jussieu campus: This place dedicated to research and learning has replaced the Saint-Victor abbey and the wine hall.



  • Square Paul-Langevin : 20, rue Monge dans le 5e arrondissement de Paris.
  • Square des Arènes de Lutèce and Square Capitan : 49, rue Monge dans le 5e arrondissement de Paris.



  • Primary school of Boulangers: 19, Rue des Boulangers, 75005 Paris.
    Access via metro line 7 (Jussieu) and bus lines 47 (Cardinal Lemoine), 75 and 89 (Cardinal Lemoine-Monge).
  • Poissy Public Nursery School: 27, Rue de Poissy, 75005 Paris.
    Access via metro line 7 (Jussieu) and bus lines 86 (Saint-Germain Cardinal Lemoine) 87 (Jussieu-Minéraux/Saint-Germain Cardinal Lemoine).
  • Rognoni Middle school: 24, Rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005 Paris.
    Access via metro line 7 (Jussieu) and bus N° 86 (Saint-Germain Cardinal Lemoine) and N° 87 (Jussieu-Minéraux/Saint-Germain Cardinal Lemoine).


Nearby transportation

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Bus      Bus - Ligne 47  Bus - Ligne 67  Bus - Ligne 89

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