La Sorbonne or the University of Paris was the most famous university of Paris, France, and one among the most ancient in Europe (founded in 1257). It is also the name of its main campus, which now houses several universities as well as the Paris rectorate.
It was originally created for the use of 20 theology students in 1257 as Collège de Sorbonne by Robert de Sorbon (1201-1274), a chaplain and confessor to King Louis IX of France. It quickly built a prodigious reputation as a center for learning, and by the 13th century there were as many as twenty thousand foreign students resident in the city, making Paris the capital of knowledge of the Western world. Today, foreign students still make up a significant part of its campus.
In 1968 it was the starting point of the cultural revolution commonly known as "the French May" (see also situationism), resulting in the closing of the university for the second time in history (the first being the Nazi invasion of 1940).
It is now distributed in several separate universities.
Persons of note who attended the University include: