Place Saint-Michel

The Place Saint- Michel is a place in the Latin Quarter of Paris, located between the 5th and 6th arrondissement of the French capital.


The Place Saint -Michel was built in 1855 under the reign of Napoleon III. during the construction of the Boulevard Saint -Michel. The famous fountains in the square, the Fontaine Saint -Michel, was created in 1860 by Gabriel Davioud.

In August 1944, the Place Saint -Michel scene of fighting between supporters of the French Resistance and the German occupiers, which ended with the liberation of Paris on 25 and 26 August 1944 by Allied forces.

Infrastructure and outlook

The Place Saint -Michel is home to numerous shops of the traditional Parisian bookstore Gibert Jeune. From the square you can enjoy a view of the buildings of the Ile de la Cité, such as the Palais de Justice, the Prefecture of Police and the Notre- Dame de Paris cathedral.