Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Bibliothèque municipale principale


This week I'm taking you to the main public library. It is located in Louis the 15th's former war, marine and foreign affairs ministry, the magnificent entrance of which I was showing you here (have a look, just a sec', it's worth the detour!) We are going to visit part of the library and the 1820-2010 bookbinding exhibition I went to see two weeks ago. I hope you will enjoy!
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Cette semaine, je vous emmène à la bibliothèque principale. Elle se situe dans l'ancien ministère de la guerre, de la marine et des affaires étrangères de Louis XV, je vous en montrais la porte monumentale ici. Nous visiterons cette semaine une partie des lieux et l'exposition de reliures 1820-2010 que je suis allée voir il y a quinze jours.

26 comments:

andrew1860 said...

Happy Valentine day! I have not been here I will have to go the next time I'm in Versailles.

Olivier said...

sur la premiere photo, cela fait tague sur statue. j'attends de voir les anciennes relieures, j'adore ça

bfarr said...

Interesting light in that stairwell.

Kay L. Davies said...

I looked at the main entrance, too, as you suggested. Wow, we don't have libraries like that in Canada! Super photos.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Natural Moments said...

A true Gateway to the essence of Imagination.

Woody said...

Why is it that the most interesting stairwells are always closed :-(

Jack said...

The bust looks so majestic atop that pedestal in the first photo. It was jarring to see it again in the second photo and think of it as almost ordinary. I'm ready for your tour.

Happy Valentine's Day, Ciel.

Bob Crowe said...

That top picture is witty - the Baroque bust, the modern signs and the decaying wall. Sic transit gloria mundi.

T. Becque said...

Sounds like a great place to explore, let's go!

Randy said...

More more show me more! Looks very interesting!

Small City Scenes said...

So neat that the former palaces and such are still being used. the entrance is grand as you suggested. A bookbinding exhibition--how great was that. MB

Dina said...

Bookbinding! This is going to be fun.

ALAIN said...

Un socle de statue en marbre utilisé comme panneau indicateur ! On ne se refuse rien à Versailles.

Marguerite-marie said...

j'aime beaucoup la nouvelle présentation du blog...super élégante!
je vais visiter avec plaisir la bibliothèque.

Cezar and Léia said...

Impressive light from the door at the second composition, I imagine there is some balcony there.The sculpture is wonderful!
Léia

VP said...

I usually enjoy almost everything about books...

Malyss said...

C'est qui , l'irrespectueux qui colle ses affiches sur ce buste superbe?!!
J'ai hate de decouvrir l'expo avec toi!

brattcat said...

Yes, you were right about the detour being worth while. Is that a stain on the wall in your first shot of this post?

Sharon Van Lieu said...

I hope you are working on a book, Ciel. I would buy a copy. Love the exhibition sign on the statue!

Sharon

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

I would love a tour directed by you, my friend! I agree with Malyss that it is a bit disturbing to see all of the fliers on the pedestal... as if it was a power pole on the highway!

Bises,
G

Loree said...

What a magnificent staircase and opulent building. The architecture there is so grand.

Magpie said...

How did I miss this one? I love the staircase also. And you're right the trip back to see the door was worth it. :)

EG Wow said...

This appears to be an elegant library!

Becky said...

My husband is a librarian so I'm definitely showing him these pictures!

Thirtytwo degrees said...

O.K. I finally made it to the first stage of the tour. Very nice to see a bust of the King too. And to think that by backtracking I was led to a photo of Madame de Maintenon...how interesting. I love libraries but I admit that this one is truly awesome!

Francisca said...

M*rde allors... I think I visit daily, only to come by and see I've missed a whole series! Where do the days disappear?! The front door of the former-ministry-now-library is magnifique! So is this a bust of Louis XV? No, it can't be.. doesn't look anything like the effeminate man in the side bar... On to the rest of the tour.