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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 #169 of 764 Attractions in Paris
Type: Historic Sites, Libraries, History Museums
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new orleans
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Not just the art work nor the records .... if you never went inside one can enjoy the interlocking gardens, designed by the famed Louis Benech, which honor each building and at times give one a sense of being in secret gardens in Paris

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Eu, France
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157 reviews 157 reviews
40 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

On a sunny day, a surprise with a piano concert in the yard of this magnificent old family private palace. The concert started with a lecture of the history of the palace owned by two rich families at different periods. Look for summer concerts as they are scheduled every week. Come half an hour earlier to get a seat as... More

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Senior Contributor
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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177 reviews 177 reviews
69 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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152 reviews 152 reviews
67 attraction reviews
438 helpful votes 438 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
94 helpful votes 94 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
15 reviews 15 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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