The Grand Amphitheatre is the venue of the Sorbonne University for many academic and non-academic events, nationally and internationally. This room can hold nearly a thousand people. Its surface area is 2,630 square metres (27m long, 28m wide).
In six niches there are statues of Robert de Sorbon by Crauck, Descartes by Coutan, Lavoisier by Dalou, Rollin by Chaplain, Pascal by Barrias and Richelieu by Lanson. In the dome there are five large monochrome medallions by Galland depicting Law, Medicine, Science, Arts and Theology, i.e. the five faculties which constituted the University of Paris in 1889. Towering above the podium is Le Bois Sacré (“The Sacred Wood”) by Puvis de Chavannes, the most famous mounted canvas in the Sorbonne (25.6m x 4.5m), evoking the living symbols of Literature, Science and the Arts gathered around the Sorbonne.
Inaugurated on August 5, 1889, the Grand Amphitheatre has been listed as a historic building since 1975.
Orphaned and alone except for an uncle, Hugo Cabret lives in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. Hugo's job is to oil and maintain the station's clocks, but to him, his more important task is to protect a broken automaton and notebook left to him by his late father. Accompanied by the goddaughter of an embittered toy merchant, Hugo embarks on a quest to solve the mystery of the automaton and find a place he can call home.