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French National Library (Bibliotheque Nationale de France)

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Address: quai Francois Mauriac | 13e, 75706 Paris, France
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This modern glass and chrome masterpiece standing on the banks of the Seine...

This modern glass and chrome masterpiece standing on the banks of the Seine River is also one of the largest research libraries in the world.

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Fascinating for book lovers

We had several "must see" venues for my companion who is a volunteer guide in the French language at the American Museum of Natural History; I've reviewed each of those sites here... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had several "must see" venues for my companion who is a volunteer guide in the French language at the American Museum of Natural History; I've reviewed each of those sites here on TripAdvisor. I was awarded one site and relied on the wonderful "Atlas Obscura" to guide our steps. It led us to something truly strange and wonderful --... More 

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

We've been here many times to view the temporary exhibits on the subjects of French history and art. Some are free. Come and form your own opinion of the modern architecture of France's major investment in a new library. You might want to avoid the outdoor plaza on a windy or rainy day as it is downright dangerous and a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Nice place for a walk. As it was next to the bus station, then I had to cross it to reach the city. I wish I had had more time to explore this place, seemed to be cool.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016

Inaugurated in December 1996, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France - architect D. Perrault - is a resolutely contemporary architecture made of wood, glass and steel. It is arranged around a central garden and consists schematically of a vast rectangular base forming an esplanade and four square towers on the corners. At the top of the garden, the Bibliothèque offers 1,600... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2016

This show displays how Kiefer uses the theme of books in his art works. The exhibition covers two large halls and complements the much larger show running concurrently at the Pompidou Museum. The artist is versatile and inventive but some of the more esoteric endeavors become repetitive.

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Funchal, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2015

Designed by the Architect Dominique Perrault. The 4 towers symbolise 4 opened books and simultaneously book shelves facing the lower level forest area protected as a shield box, making it inaccessible and untouchable, as something incomparably valuable, and for that reason can not be touched to not harm.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2015

To get to the books and research levels you need to be a member. But we had a great time seeing the 20 foot globes form the 1600's and all of the lectures and talks and exhibits that were available.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2015

We sought out the Bibliotheque Nacional because it hosted a small and fine exhibit of works by Anselm Keifer, a favorite painter and sculptor. The gallery space is nicely lit, wide-open and very apt for a small show of large-scale objects like this one. The library is obviously very well-used, with a ticketing system for scholars to enter the stacks... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2015

I thought the Library of Congress was large but France has it beat. Four large towers are connected to house an enormous collection of books and exhibits. Easy to get to by metro (Francois Mitterand stop) and a short 2 block walk and you are there. The guards are helpful and directed us to the permanent globes of Louis XIV.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2015 via mobile

As a university scholar I have been nearly everywhere in this library. You can only visit the basement where the researchers work on special guide tours and on the heritage day in September, but you can visit the next level. This is where the exhibitions take place. It is quite interesting to walk around this place, but it is not... More 

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