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VA111 The BNF (Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Richelieu): An exceptional historic site

  • 11 Apr 2018
  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • meet at 1:45pm at 58 rue de Richelieu, 75002 Paris: metro Bourse (line 3), Palais Royal (line 1 and 7), and Pyramides (line 7 and 14).
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The Richelieu library, historic home of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in the heart of Paris's 2nd arrondissement, has reopened its doors after several years of renovations.


This historical site of the National French Library or Bibliothèque Nationale de France traces its history back to the 14th century. Manuscripts, Illumination books were being collected by the French King Charles V.


The Richelieu site is the cradle of the National Library; it hosts art books ranging from the oldest manuscripts kept in France to the contemporary ones, a collection of medals, coins and antiques, prints and photographs.


Recently renovated, the court, the rotunda, the glass gallery have regained their splendor.The salle Labrouste (study room) will be seen from the outside as it is accessible only to the researchers and students.


Come and discover with our guide Catherine, this French historic site.

About the Instructor: Catherine Estivalezes holds a PHD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne and has been involved for years in a Foundation for promoting Contemporary Art, before getting back to Art History studies. She has several years of experience in guiding, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.

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