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“Classical riverside landmark”
Review of Institut de France

Institut de France
Ranked #283 of 2,170 things to do in Paris
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Reviewed 25 February 2015

One of the most beautiful riverside buildings in Paris. The Institut de France was originally known as the College of Four Nations. It was completed in 1688 and is a fine example of neo classical architecture, complete with colonnades and topped with a cupola. Today it houses a number of academies of arts and sciences. It also contains the oldest library in France, the Bibliothèque Mazarine.
It stands prominently opposite the Louvre on the left bank, with the Pont des Arts leading directly to its main entrance. The only part open to the public is the library. Guided tours are available late in the day. The rest of the building is only open on European Heritage days in September.

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Reviewed 3 July 2014

The Institute of France, is an academic institution, integrating the major national academies including the prestigious Académie des Sciences, with almost 700 academics and intellectuals from various fields of knowledge. This Institute manages the museums, castles and palaces existing in the country. It's a beautiful building and the view of the Seine for this building is breathtaking.

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Reviewed 10 June 2012

Was built in 1805 as a huge government office which it remains today.Manages 6 National Academies which run 1000 foundations and museums and libraries.Finest looking office I've ever seen with imposing wings and a grand coupole in the middle. Your photos do it justice.It's next door to Hotel de Monnaies (the Mint), which is itself well worth a visit to see the collections. The Institu is on the edge of the Latin Quarter so worth a look en route.

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