Staying in Port Royal, a sweet and easy to live area
On the left bank of Paris, the Port Royal district, located on in the 14th arrondissement is crossed from east to west by the boulevard of the same name. Essentially characterized by the university and hospitals, there are also a market held twice a week, and many shops. With its Haussmann- styled buildings and central location west between Montparnasse and the Latin Quarter in the west, Port Royal is a mainly residential area. But passing visitors will also find various interesting monuments to visit such as the Abbey of Port Royal and the Paris Observatory.
A sub-area of Montparnasse with a subtle grandeur
For your stay in Paris, you have chosen Port-Royal neighborhood, in the 14th district? Thanks to its strategic location, close to many famous monuments (the Jardin du Luxembourg to the north, Montparnasse area to the west, the Quartier Latin to the east ...) and its mostly residential streets, Port Royal, best known for being home to some of the main hospitals of Paris, also hides some treasures.
Rue de l'Observatoire, Paris Observatory is one of the largest astronomical sites in the world. In addition to research and observation, it provides university courses, while being open to general public during 'Open Days'. You can also visit the floor of the Salle du Méridien, where is Paris' meridian is drawn (which actually goes through the Observatory) and an equatorial telescope dating back to the 19th century, under the coupole (dome). The chapel of the former abbey of Port Royal, Port Royal Boulevard, is now part of Cochin hospital so as the cloister, which houses administrative buildings. The “Foyers du Jansénisme” were classified as historic monuments.
Similarly, the Hôpital Sainte-Anne, located rue Cabanis, a global pioneer in the field of psychiatry, shelters in its premises of origin, dating from the eighteenth century. You're staying in Port Royal and you want to get around the area? It is served by the RER line B, station Port Royal, but also and by metro lines 4 and 6 at station Denfert-Rochereau.