Thursday, January 24, 2013

Bibliothèque Nationale - Richelieu Library


Richelieu Library


This is the reading room at the Richelieu Library in Paris, a part of BnF (Bibliothèque Nationale de France).  The Richelieu site is dedicated to coins, stamps, maps, manuscripts, music, objects and prints, holding the rarest objects including first examples of human writing.


This oval reading room is quiet as it should be for reading.
No photos allowed!


(shhhhhhhh....)



Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Richelieu
5, rue Vivienne
75002, Paris


26 comments:

Pierre BOYER said...

Magnifique...

Pierre

Rob-bear said...

Les livres sont si importants! Thanks for the picture, Genie.

Joe said...

Wow. An inspiring room for research and thought Genie.

orvokki said...

Kirjaston pitää olla juuri tällainen, hiljainen ja vain lukemista varten. Kuvasta aistii historian.
Kaunista.

Cezar and Léia said...

I was just wondering how do you get this shot? LOL
Wonderful picture, thanks so much for sharing!
Léia

Revrunner said...

Ditto Cezar and Léia! We're all wanting to know. :-)

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Like a church !

Andy said...

I can hear the silence.

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Genie:

We feel like naughty schoolchildren having been given a glimpse of the Richelieu Library 'under cover' so to speak. Yes, the silence is palpable. History stands still here....very still!!!

brattcat said...

i wish i could see first examples of human writing!

Daryl said...

tres charmant ...

M said...

Stealth photography at its best! Love the green-shaded lamps. Beautiful room ... ready to read!!

JoeinVegas said...

Too bad you can't take photos in there to show us what it's like.

Alexa said...

LOL, Joe. And great shooting on the sly, Genie! Sometimes, the "verboten" shots are the most gratifying, don't you think?

Starman said...

Looks like the guy just past the bookcases behind which you're hiding, has caught you.

ALAIN said...

Comme on dit vulgairement : ça a de la gueule.

LifeRamblings said...

it looks charming and inviting. too bad photography is not allowed.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Thanks for this photo. I'm always too intimidated to walk into official buildings not designed for tourists.

Randy said...

Now that's my kind of library.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

How, you ask? My daughter and I were taking photos through the glass windows just to the left of the "pas de photos" sign while Peter (Peter's Paris) stood watch. I think that he actually got a shot of the two imps taking forbidden photos. We were not in a restricted area and I was not worried about being arrested as we were not using flash. I was prepared to run if necessary.

Bon weekend,
Genie

Revrunner said...

Kind of reminds me of a plot from the old TV series, Mission Impossible. :-)

Michel Montbazet said...

Un lieu magnifique que j'ai pu voir un jour lors des "Journées du Patrimoine"

Lynette said...

New to your blog. Never been to Paris or out of the country for that matter. But I love Paris through other people. Too chicken to fly that distance. Maybe someday. Love the picture of the library.

Mary said...

Huge smile. That looks a bit like Heaven to me! :D

Louise said...

I don't have many regrets from my last trip to Paris, but this is one of them. We stayed around the corner from the biblioteque national, but I never went in..... I don't understand why bother trying to ban photos in such places. It doesn't harm anyone or the books to take digital shots, and stealth photographers can do it anyway (I'm practicing my stealth skills in the lead up to my next trip).

beatrice De said...

Il y a tellement d'endroits que je dois encore visiter à Paris.
Quand je viens, je visite deux musées par jour, en plus des balades.
je suis sûre que pas beaucoup de Parisiens connaissent le musée du chocolat. J'y suis allée pour voir. J'avais déjà monté une vitrine à thème sur le chocolat. Ce musée à été monté par un Belge. Il ne parle que du chocolat... belge ! J'ai entendu dire qu'il allait en monter un à... Prague. Quand est-ce que les Suisses se remueront un peu les fesses. Ils restent assis sur l'acquis qui ne durera pas toujours. Le meilleur chocolat que j'ai mangé était à Bayonne ne France.
Qui connaît le musée des contrefaçons. Vous tombez ! Celui de la médecine, intéressant pour une déco qui monte des vitrines à thème pour les pharmacies. Et plein d'autres un peu plus connus.