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“Fantastic Architectural Specimen”
Review of Institut de France

Institut de France
Ranked #286 of 2,143 things to do in Paris
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

I loved walking around Paris and in the neighborhood closest to our hotel, seeing the dome of the Institut de France unexpectedly show itself. The Institut consists of five academies, three of which were founded in the 1600's. The Institut rewards inventions, discoveries and achievements in the arts. One of the libraries is open for public viewing. I suggest going inside. The Ponts des Arts connects it to the Louvre Palace. The Collège des Quatre Nations opened in 1688, but during the French Revolution, the college was converted to a prison. Then, in 1795, the Institut de France was founded. The dome has the coat of arms belonging to Cardinal Jules Raymond Mazarin, whose legacy funded the college. His tomb rests under the chapel of the Collège of the Quatre Nations. I do recommend visiting this beautiful building.

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Reviewed 27 March 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.

Thank Rubaiyat E S
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Reviewed 20 April 2016

The Institut de France is located on the left bank of the Seine, opposite the Louvre Museum. The famous “bridge of love locks”, Pont des Arts, leads straight to the main entrance of this impressive building. It features two wings forming a semi-circle and a strikingly beautiful dome in the centre of the building. Its front facade is wonderfully decorated with majestic Corinthian columns supporting an imposing pediment with a beautiful clock. This magnificent building houses several academies, such as the Academy of Humanities, Academy of Sciences, Academy of Fine Arts, and, most important, the French Academy. This prominent landmark is well worth stopping by while walking along the banks of the Seine.

Thank Alexandra C
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Reviewed 30 October 2015

Located on the left bank of the River Seine, we first became aware of the Institut de France when the recorded commentary on our hop-on, hop-off mentioned it, as the bus passed it.
Later, we were able to take a much closer look at this most impressive building, when we took a very long walk along the Quai d’ Orsay.
The building itself is an impressive architectural gem. We were particularly impressed by the huge dome atop the main building and the splendid stone columns supporting the portico of the main entrance.
The members of the institute make determinations in relation to important French cultural matters. Apparently they deal with such matters as the correct and appropriate usage of words and idioms in the French language as well as a number of other significant issues.
We were most impressed by the architecture of this building and if you happen to be in the vicinity, it would be worthwhile taking a close look at it.

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Reviewed 10 July 2015

PROS: picturesque building by the Seine and the Pont Des Arts. Gold leaf trims around the dome flanked by a wider base.
CONS: none.

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