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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