Institut de France, Paris

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  • Just in front of the Pont des Arts, it in fact is the former building of the four Nations College erected in the 17th century by Cardinal Mazarin. This name was established in memory of the four provinces conquered at the time by the France: Catalonia, Alsace, Artois and Pinerolo in Italy in the region of Piedmont. Established in 1795, the Institute of France will take there place. To date, he has academies: French Academy of Sciences, fine arts, moral and Political Sciences, inscriptions and literature. You can enjoy the outside of this superb building with his sculptures on the front, its pediment and its beautiful dome. Access is free. At the entrance, there is a security control but because of the Vigipirate plan, no picture can be taken... Visit the Mazarine library, impressive!... Come to metro station "Pont Neuf".
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  • Draws an arc in a half-moon across the Pont des Arts, connecting the left bank and right bank of the Louvre Palace, and one of the most impressive buildings. France Academy established in 17th century Royal Academy, once abolished by revolutionary France, and moved to its current location in 1805, was renamed France Academy in 1806. Similar to the Les Invalides building was impressive.
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  • Places and activity: former college of the four-Nations by Mazarin, the Palace of the 23 quai Conti was built by Louis Le Vau from 1662. . The Chapel, today Hall of solemn sessions of the Institute of France and Academies, is topped by one of the most beautiful domes of Paris (round outside and oval inside). Part of the Palace of the Institute, the Mazarine library is the oldest public library in France and one of the richest. Liked most: a study and library research open to all, as well as a Museum of the book. Liked least: overall, we have no idea about - the nature of the works present and searchable in the Mazarine library - daily life within the Institute, - the nature of the work and their radiation... In short, an exceptional place, a preserved setting, whose existence, sustainability, the power are not obvious or explicitly reflected in life in 2017. Visit time: 1 to 2 hours. Accessibility: paved course,... difficult stairs for people with reduced mobility. Possible extension: home of Auguste Comte, Mr Prince Street! Take rue Mazarine and the street of the old comedy. Very simple and easy to walk.
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  • This is a wonderful place to do some work or just to visit and admire. The library has an incredible collection of old books that are beautifully displayed in cases and on shelves. There are also many impressive busts displayed throughout the building. Entrance is free but you have to register for a limited access card that gives you a certain amount of visits before you must start paying. To get a seat, you give your access card to someone that will assign you a seat. There are power outlets available and the wifi is reliable.
  • This is where France honors excellence. Amazing library and amazing people ever since built by Mazarin.
  • This is an impressive building in Paris and you will have nice view from Pont des Arts. A great Institution holding five specific "academies" that deserve to be attended when there is a public event. This place has 2 libraries - one accessible to the public and one accessible only to academics; the Da Vinci papers are in the non-accessible one.
  • Usually not opened to the Public. Nice view from the Pont Saint André des Arts.
  • A great Institution holding five specific "academies" that desserve to be attended when there is a public event. The Mazarine library is one the most ancient libraries in Paris and it started with Cardinal Mazarin's own collection. If you are a scholar focused on Modern History defitevely a must-see place.

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