Richelieu at the National Library of France opens its doors after 12 years

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The Richelieu space in the National Library of France will open its doors after 12 years of remodeling next September 17. According to many scholars of the subject in terms of architecture and interiors, it could be classified as the most beautiful library in the world.

What did the remodeling work of the National Library of France consist of?

The National Library of France has 40 million worksamong which is hidden the world’s largest collection of medieval and modern manuscripts. It was originally established in a historic building on the street Richelieu in 1996.

Space Richelieu at the National Library of France will open its doors after 12 years of remodeling next September, 17th.

National Library of France reopens after 12 years. Photo: AFP

The transformation of 300 year old enclosureincluded the facade restorationthe installation of an indoor garden and the maintenance of the installationsthus promoting the innovation, modernity and opening up to a wider audience. The project that is both a library and a museum.

Visitors will discover the impressive Oval room and its 18 meter high glass ceilingits modernized four-tier book shelves to prevent copies from being mistreated, as well as the new museum that houses perhaps the greatest historical treasures in France.

have been renewed 30 thousand m² of the total 58 thousand of the building and more than 20 million documents have been preserved in the new library.

The first stage, which took place between 2011 and 2016, included the renovation of half of the building located along the Rue de Richelieu. This ranges from galleries and a bookstore, to educational spaces, a cafeteria, and commercial stores.

From 2017 to 2022, half of the building along rue Vivienne was renovated, including the mazarine gallerythe oval room, the king’s cabinetthe Vivienne garden and the museum.