Rue Saint-Jacques: Paris’ oldest street


The oldest street of Paris is known to be the rue Saint-Jacques in the Latin Quarter (5th arrondissement).

Rue Saint-Jacques

The street was created in the 1st Century BC and was one of the main thoroughfares of Lutetia, the Via Superior, which crossed the town from North to South. During the Middle-Ages, the street was frequented by groups of pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela, hence its name (rue Saint-Jacques = St. James street). Previously known as Grand’rue du Petit-Pont or Grand’rue Saint-Jacques-des-Prêcheurs, it took its current name in 1806. It passes by some interesting monuments such as:

The Saint-Séverin-Saint-Nicolas church:

The Sorbonne university:

The Saint-Jacques-du-Haut-Pas church:

The Val de Grâce hospital:




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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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