DISCOVER THE LEFT BANK: SAINT-GERMAIN, THE LATIN QUARTER AND MONTPARNASSE.
The special ambiance of Paris' Rive Gauche still remains, as academics, artists, students and shoppers rub shoulders on the many famous cafe terraces.  For three decades leading up to World War II, Montparnasse led the artistic and literary world, as home to Picasso, Modigliani, Man Ray, Gertrude Stein and countless others.
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MONTPARNASSE:
at the turn of the century, artists and intellectuals abandoned Montmartre for the Left Bank.  They found new roots in the area of Paris called Montparnasse.  It was the height of the "School of Paris."  It's classrooms were the local cafe of this quarter.  Today the neighborhood is dominated by the Montparnasse tower, Paris' first skyscraper which offers a veiw of the city on the 56th floor.  
Le Pantheon
is located to the eastern side of the Luxembourg gardens. Commissioned by Louis XV as a church honoring Sainte-Genevieve in 1764. After the Revolution, it would be designated as a final resting place for the great thinkers of France.  In it's crypt can be found Victor Hugo, Voltaire, Rousseau, Emile Zola and the Curies.
LES JARDINS DU LUXEMBOURG.
It is in these beautiful gardens that the Palais du Luxembourg is located.  Built in the 1600s for Marie de Medici. It now is home to the French Senate.  This park is the largest open space in the Left Bank and perfect for people watching.
The Church of Saint-Germain-des-Pres was once part if a vast Benedictine Abby, and the oldest church of Paris founded in 543.  The present structure dates mainly from the 12th century..
The smallest model of Bartholdi's Statue of Liberty stands proudly in the Luxembourg Gardens
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