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Sainte-Genevieve Library

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Fantastic Architecture

This is a library and we didn’t know what it was at first. The architecture sure caught our... read more

Reviewed July 27, 2018
Daniel A
Beijing, China
Mini-tour of fantastic building

We popped in on the spur of the moment and were given a whistle-stop tour by a member of staff... read more

Reviewed July 7, 2018
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Jul 27, 2018
“Fantastic Architecture”
Jul 7, 2018
“Mini-tour of fantastic building”
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Reviewed July 27, 2018

This is a library and we didn’t know what it was at first. The architecture sure caught our attention and started to take photos. We wanted to find out what it was exactly and then we find out it was a library! We looked around...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Daniel A
Reviewed July 7, 2018

We popped in on the spur of the moment and were given a whistle-stop tour by a member of staff (these tours last about ten minutes, and seem to be constant). The building is beautifully austere from the outside, with names of scholars and philosophers...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed June 28, 2018 via mobile

Free tour of university library; looks like something from Harry Potter films! We were staying 5 minutes away, and this was great value tour.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Fiona L
Reviewed April 30, 2018 via mobile

People standing outside are waiting for a spot inside the library where they can sit and study. To just view the library you can go straight in (not only early in the morning) and wait a few minutes to be taken to the main hall....More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank MarijnHG
Reviewed December 26, 2017

Quite the most compelling experience imaginable. This unique architectural space for learning with its original use of iron in a most prominent and visible way, is not a full blooded tourist experience. Ask in advance before your trip, and request a visit and you will...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank Loquax
Reviewed November 20, 2017

You only get to see the main library from a central spot but it's free, quick and so much worth it! Also a small museum

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank Jurgen B
Reviewed November 13, 2017

I found this on a blog on the internet and couldn't believe my eyes. But there is even more than meets the eye. The building, built in 1950, represents a first attempt to use iron decoratively. And so they did. It is open to the...More

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank Robert F
Reviewed June 19, 2017 via mobile

This was a random find whilst doing online research for our Paris trip (aka a sinkhole of pleasurable time wasting). The others went to the Pantheon - I decided to forego the dead white males and instead joined the library online and was then issued...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank nellyb224
Reviewed December 18, 2014

This library, located opposite the Pantheon features some of the most interesting interior architecture one will see in libraries around the world. It has a vast main floor framed at the ceiling with extremely interesting and intricate iron work that reminds on of the style...More

Date of experience: December 2014
7  Thank william z
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