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I came here to check out the extraordinary architecture and to work in peace and quiet for a while. As a temporary visitor, I wish there were more study spaces that were accessible without a pass (which costs 15 euro). Nevertheless, it was a pretty...More
There are always special expositions here, so come for one that interests you. They do a good job. Otherwise the architecture is not a success as it is dangerous outside in rainy weather and just cold and windy. Outside a new city has taken shape.
This is the 6th largest Library in the World. It contains about 40 million items-- of which 14 million are books! One of the locations has a "newish", modern building whose architecture is astounding!! From a distance the buildings resemble books located along the Seine!!...More
As a lover of libraries, I was keen to visit this modern structure that some call a masterpiece, and others a monstrosity. It is indeed a marvel, of sorts. Occupying a vast space it is composed of four main buildings, designed to resemble open books...More
Since its opening I had not returned to the BnF. My purpose had been to see the 2 large Louis XIV globes that are now a permanent fixture, and have a look at the new constructions surrounding the BnF.
The buildings, looking like four open...More
The sole purpose of this review is to note that when my wife and I went to the Bibliotheque Nationale this morning (a Tuesday), we arrived to see a very long line waiting outside the building, on the terrace. (Actually, there were two lines; I...More
At a time when much of the world has ignored its libraries, France chose to invest in a new national library complex. Impressive. I love it for regular temporary expos, often free, on many different subjects. Always well-curated. My French friends tell me that the...More
In this modern library are two 17th century globes made for Louis XIV. The Coronelli Globes are stunning. Both are just under 4 meters in diameter and are suspended. the celestial globe is mostly blue and white with painted archers, horses and various zodiac creatures....More
If you want to visit a different, even if not impacting place, you can go and either take a walk around or enter and visit the facilities. It's easily reachable by the Metro Line 14 (drop off at Bibliotheque Francois Miterrand Station). The view of...More