Paris: the National Library renovated to reopen to the public – Culture

PARIS – The last boxes must be transported, the last pieces of the museum will be exhibited to renew the National Library of France (BnF), located in the heart of Paris.

Installed in the 18th century, in a group of prestigious buildings near the garden of the Palais Royal, the site houses exceptional collections: manuscripts, prints, photos, collections related to music or the performing arts, cards and coins, medals and objects old.

After lengthy renovations, which began in 2010 and cost 248 million euros, the library will finally be ready to open to the public on September 17, with more functional and airy rooms. A majestic reading room, the Oval Room, will offer a sample of 9,000 comics to read for free. Among the treasures on display is the throne of King Dagobert (late 8th-9th century) in bronze, damaged by Napoleon I and repaired somehow by his blacksmith. One of the key spaces will be the Galerie Mazarine, 46 meters long and completely renovated, with Baroque frescoes to admire.

Parisians and tourists will be able to observe the jewels of the collections, which will be renewed regularly.

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