Institut de France

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One of the privileges of being in Paris is that you have access to historical archives and priceless libraries of ancient books and manuscripts. This library, originally founded by Cardinal Mazarin as...  Read More


  • Holiday Attractions: "The Bibliotheque Mazarine was originally founded by Cardinal Mazarin in 1643 as his personal library. It now carries the proud mantle of being the oldest public library in France. You can use the library for free for 5 days after which you must pay an annual fee of 15 Euros if you'd like to continue to consult its vast archives."
  • Best for Holiday Attractions Because: This is the oldest public library in France and it is open to the public. You need to show a photo ID upon entry.

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