French National Library (Bibliotheque Nationale de France), Paris

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Admire the contemporary architecture and take a journey through the world of knowledge at French National Library (Bibliotheque Nationale de France). The massive structure on the bank of the Seine is shaped to represent four open books, and it houses millions of hand-written, printed, and digital documents from all possible spheres of life and science. The library's museum space displays numerous temporary exhibits as well as a permanent exhibit of antiques that includes items such as the throne of the Frankish King Dagobert and globes that belonged to Louis XIV. Don't miss the library's lush urban garden. The admission fee to the exhibition area gives you free access to the library's reading rooms. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Paris holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the French National Library (Bibliotheque Nationale de France) and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • opened until 8 PM the library is impressive. The building has an amazing architecture, reminding 4 open books with a nice garden in the middle. You can relax, read, experience the place in peace.  more »
  • Travelers are allowed to take photos and take videos at the entrance to the Richelieu Museum, but they cannot enter. It is a beautiful and captivating library like a castle. I need to make a reservation, but there seems to be a tour in French. It's close to Pararoyale, so i think it's worth a look if you go near by.
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  • Fantastic place and space. Lots of lectures and also interesting for architecture travelers or architecture students good to see.
  • This is the 6th largest Library in the World. It contains about 40 million items-- of which 14 million are books! One of the locations has a "newish", modern building whose architecture is astounding!! From a distance the buildings resemble books located along the Seine!! If one has an interest in enhancing their knowledge of France this is an important place to visit! I hope that this Review has been helpful!
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