Sep 30, 2009

Bibliothèque nationale de France in rue Richelieu, 2 nd arrondissement

Salle Labrouste

Salle ovale

I liked to go to the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF). It's the National Library of France, located at 58, rue Richelieu, 2 nd arrondissement. It's near my school. It is divided into various departments : Manuscripts, Photografies, Maps, Music...etc. Three areas are devoted to temporary exhibitions (Mansart and Mazarine galleries). Permanent museum : the "Cabinet des Médailles". It has beautiful painted ceilings. Many collections in this building that helped me to have some inspirations , including :illuminations, history, medals, etchings, manuscripts, book collections, drawings, documents, lithographs, illustrations, works, iconography, coins. The collections period include 17th century, 18th century, and 19th century. It open everyday including sunday.

The National Library of France traces its origin to the royal library founded at the Louvre by Charles V in 1368. It expanded under Louis XIV and opened to the public in 1692.It became the Imperial National Library and was moved to constructed buildings on the rue Richelieu designed by Henri Labrouste in 1868.

What a classical library!

Station on Paris metro: Quatre-Septembre