- This tour is just for kids, who will learn about some of Paris’s most famous legends!
- You’ll visit the sites where France’s medieval kings and knights lived!
- You’ll see the spot where Roman gladiators battled animals!
- Claire will tell you about Paris’s heroic maidens, tragic lovers, and seven-headed monsters!
Quartier Latin Fairy Tale – Kids Tour (Private)
Want to know where Parisian history and France as a country started? Just climb Sainte-Genevieve Mount to meet Claire in this Quartier Latin Kids tour, for a glimpse of Roman and medieval remains. They narrate the first French sovereigns, powerful Merovingian princes, who dwelt in this area full of narrow streets and wide stories. If your children have never heard about the six brave companions who wittily defeated a selfish king and became richer than the richest sovereign in the world, they will during the tour.
Downhill follow the flow of time until you reach the European schools and universities. Around La Sorbonne, the worldwide famous theology school, monks’ scholars, bishops and abbots had their residences. Monasteries and abbeys have left their marks close to the most visited Parisian monument: Notre Dame cathedral, the obvious stopover of the tour.
The memory of its wonderful flying buttresses and towers were kept in mind by any Knight who left for a crusade to the far side of the world. Claire will tell your kids about the one, who defeated the worst medieval creature, a 7-headed beast! After this tour, concluded along the river banks, none will be able to challenge your family on medieval History fairy tales!
From the Pantheon Square and Saint-Etienne-du-Mont Church forecourt, you will see a majestic remain from the Sainte-Geneviève medieval abbey, the last vestige of this vast complex commissioned in the 5th century. The most famous Merovingian King, Clovis, offered it to his friend and spiritual guide Geneviève. This woman single -handedly resisted the Huns then the Francs until they submitted to the Catholic faith! You will hear how she convinced the Parisians to fight at her side to preserve their city. A tale, certainly, but a true one, to begin with.
By choosing a Christian baptism, Clovis settled the multi centenary links between Paris and the royal authority. A conqueror as well, he was able to build a kingdom. A true hero of his time. Tales are full of characters, whose skills helped to shape their destiny. As in the story of the “Six companions running the world”. While Claire has your kids spellbound by this narrative, you will stroll down the hill. In 1212, one of the oldest European universities was founded here by Robert de Sorbon to teach theology. It would then be referred to as La Sorbonne.
Later on, monks and monasteries provided education and lodging for students. You will stand in front of the oldest example of civil architecture remaining from that time: Cluny mansion, home to the bishops. You will learn to decipher the decorations and architecture so that the monks’ everyday life will hold no secrets for your children.
Now how about meeting the common folks? Masons, for instance, who built the Notre-Dame cathedral. A breathtaking achievement, isn’t it? They belonged to a well-known corporation that left masterpieces on the stones. Sometimes, common folks also aspired to greater glory. Just like that boy who wished to be a knight in order to defeat a 7-headed monster. Claire will tell you what happened to his dream.
To end the tour, you’ll take a stroll along the river, at the back of the cathedral. Claire will lead you to meet Heloise and Abelard, tragic medieval lovers. Then look across the Seine! There stands the City Hall, where the boats of the Parisii, a first local tribe, were loaded and unloaded. They created the very first Parisian port. At the end of the Middle Ages, it was an important trading center ruled by the bourgeois. A famous French tale tells of these cunning bankers, under the guise of the fox Renard.
At that point, you will have met all the fictional characters that made the Middle Ages a rich period of invention and fantasy. Who would still believe that these 10 centuries were a “dark age”! None of your kids, for sure!
What if we are more than 4 people?
Just advise us in your request form about the number of people in your party, as well as their category (adult or child). There will be an extra fee of 20 € per additional person.
Meeting Address: 53 Rue de la Montagne Sainte Geneviève, 75005 Paris, France - on the forecourt of Saint Etienne du Mont Church, place du Panthéon
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