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Boulevard St. Germain


Paris, France


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The Boulevard Saint-Germain is a major street on the Left Bank of the Seine traversing the 5th, 6th and 7th arrondissements (districts) along its almost 2 miles. The area around the boulevard is also referred to as the Faubourg Saint-Germain ("Suburb of Saint-Germain). In the 17th century, the Saint-Germain quarter became a major site for noble town houses. From the 1930s on, Saint-Germain has been associated with its nightlife, cafés and students (the boulevard traverses the Quartier Latin). Home to a number of famous cafés, such as Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore, the Saint-Germain neighborhood was the center of the existentialism movement (associated with Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir). It is today a thriving high-end shopping street with luxury stores. On this street is the Institut d'études politiques, one of the finest political science schools in Europe, and the world's oldest Geographical Society, founded in 1821 by Humboldt, Chateaubriand and Champollion among others (it was here, that the construction of the Panama Canal was decided in 1879). It derives its name from the former abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés which stood here in the Middle Ages.

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