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National Archives in Hotel de Soubise

60 rue des Francs-Bourgeois | Le Marais, Paris, France (Notre Dame / Marais)
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Ranked #241 of 732 attractions in Paris
Type: Historic Sites, Libraries, History Museums
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Open on Monday,when much else is closed,a visit to The National Archives starts with crossing a vast courtyard,climbing a grand staircase and moving thru enormous rooms. Finally enter the place where facsimiles of such manuscript treasures as LouisXIV's and Marie Antoinette 's letters. A document signed with Charlemagne's complex cipher. Napoleon's papers. But most of all breathe in the aroma.... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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149 reviews 149 reviews
56 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

The National Archives is a huge complex of buildings and gardens. What I like most in Paris that gardens are very important part of any building. It gives richness to the urban of the city. Nice building from outside and interior.

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Clearwater, Florida
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416 helpful votes 416 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

It was kinda neat seeing the huge seals of the big guys in French history. Seeing something signed by Francois I was really cool for me. Also, the few hotel rooms open for perusing were lovely. The man at reception wasn't very happy. And he didn't provide me with a museum guide. There was, however, a friendlier man nearby who... More

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Northwest Territories, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

Want to see documents with Napoleon's original signature? The declaration documents for the Suez Canal? What a wedding was like in the 1500's? Wander through a prince's palace? And do it all with no crowds anywhere in stunning settings? Don't miss these National Archives. Congratulations to France for allowing the public to view these incredible treasures. You guys sure know... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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34 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

It is obvious that this museum is low on the tourist totem-pole. Not many people seem to know about it. A shame but I'm sure that will change in time. We sometimes go there to dodge the large tourist crowds at the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. This palace is truly historic having been a residence since the 14th century,... More

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New Jersey USA
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2011

What strikes me most about this place was that it was built by one nobleman for his own private use. And he wasn't even a King. It is huge and breathtaking.

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