Institut de France, Paris

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  • August 10, 2017
    During his Parisian walks could not consider the known and Simpatico Institut de France (historical College Four Nations). Monumental construction of the 17th century! The building is considered only from the outside, so that the sculpture of Cardinal Mazarin look failed. But unable to find about the Institute one of the characters "djenbraunskoj rose", or more precisely, one of bronze medallions bearing the inscription "ARAGO" oriented North and South through the Paris meridian passing through Paris Observatory, with Greenwich konkurirovavshego once. As you know, in 1989-1994 Gg. in Paris, the Dutch artist Jan Dibbets set 135 such medallions, zapechatliv on each of them the name of the French astronomer Dominique François Jean Arago, who in 1806 year accurately measured the position of the Paris Meridian, which was thereafter, until the year 1884, the Prime Meridian. Then as always interfered with his irrepressibly British Greenwich time, beating Russia together with us from Europe by as much as 2 degrees 20 minutes and 55 seconds.
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  • August 9, 2017
    This known library of researchers is open occasionally for exhibitions of rare books. This is what allowed me to discover. It is reached by the dock of Conti and the Court of the Institute. At the monitoring station, a security guard after asking the reason for your visit will give you a sticker 'visitor' to put on your jacket, and you enter the courtyard. First shock. The XVIIe.Silence architectural wonder. We then headed the helical staircase adorned with old copies of Roman and Greek busts to access the library. We cross a first small room where a librarian asks us where we want to go. On the balls of the feet, for do not disturb people who have looked at their computer and books, we're going to the bottom of the reading room that alone is worth the trip. I saw an interesting exhibition on the Italian books of the 16th present in collections and libraries of figures such as Henri IV or François I, Richelieu, Mazarin or scholars of the time. Absolutely fascinating. The exhibition ends in late September.
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  • July 11, 2017
    An Institute that is responsible for almost 1,000 foundations in France. Created at the end of the 18TH century, is housed in a beautiful building on the banks of the Seine, right across the Pont des Arts. The site had previously the Tour de Nesle which was torn down to build this House responsible for culture and arts, home to five academies of France.
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  • August 25, 2017
    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.
  • April 26, 2017
    This is where France honors excellence. Amazing library and amazing people ever since built by Mazarin.
  • May 1, 2017
    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.
  • April 19, 2017
    Usually not opened to the Public. Nice view from the Pont Saint André des Arts.
  • January 24, 2017
    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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