6th arrondissement of Paris

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The 6th arrondissement of Paris is one of the 20 arrondissements (administrative districts) of the capital city of France. It includes world famous educational institutions such as the École des Beaux-Arts de Paris and the Académie française, the seat of the French Senate as well as a concentration of some of Paris most famous monuments such as Saint-Germain Abbey and square, St. Sulpice Church and square, the Pont des Arts or the Jardins du Luxembourg.

Situated on the left bank of the River Seine, this central arrondissement which includes the historical districts of Saint-Germain-des-Prés (surrounding the Abbey founded in the 6th century) and Luxembourg (surrounding the Palace and its Gardens) has played a major role throughout Paris history and is well-known for its café culture and the revolutionary intellectualism (see: Existentialism, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir) and literature (see: Paul Eluard, Boris Vian, Albert Camus, Francoise Sagan) it has hosted.

With its world famous cityscape, deeply-rooted intellectual tradition, prestigious history, beautiful architecture and central situation, the arrondissement has long been home to French intelligencia. It is a major localization for art galleries and one of the most fashionable districts of Paris as well as Paris' most expensive area. The arrondissement is one of France's richest district in terms of average income, it is part of Paris Ouest alongside the 7th, 8th, 16th arrondissements and Neuilly, but has a much more bohemian and intellectual reputation than the others.


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