Type: Architecture, Art & Culture, Art Museums, Attractions, City, Cultural Venues, Family Friendly, Free Attractions, Historic Sites, Museums
Today this city library specializes in collections of art books and books having to do with art. But back in its day (16th & 17th c.) it housed Queen Marguerite of Valois, once married to King... Read More
Today this city library specializes in collections of art books and books having to do with art. But back in its day (16th & 17th c.) it housed Queen Marguerite of Valois, once married to King Henri IV but whose marriage was anulled, and Nostradamus (1503 - 1566), respectively. According to historical records, Nostradamus issued forth his prescient predictions from his bedroom upstairs. This monument was first built under the orders of Tristan de Salazar between 1475 and 1519. The building itself is known as the Hotel de Sens, but the library now housed inside it, is called Bibliotheque Forney. Be sure to appreciate the stairwell that leads up to the library entranceway. It dates to the middle ages and has been perfectly restored and preserved. There are continuous art shows held here, in the gallery on the inside of the courtyard. They are free and open to all ages.
- Things to Do in December: "During the holidays 2019, this library and medieval historical monument, practically ripped from the pages of Harry Potter, is exhibiting an art show called Nourrir Paris. That translates to, Feeding Paris, and is all about how the city has fed its population throughout the centuries. It is free and open to all ages."
- Best for Things to Do in December Because: Built first in the 15th century for Paris' archbishops, this architectural gem doubles as a public library and exquisite gardens and is open to the public.