The Institut de France

At the Hôtel des Saints Pères we invite you to discover this splendid establishment at the heart of the 6th arrondissement in Paris, on Quai de Conti, opposite the Louvre, on the left bank.

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First and foremost, the Institut de France is "the parliament of the learned world", but also, thanks to its palace, a genuine architectural masterpiece with an influence extending well outside Paris thanks to the many donations made to it.


The "parliament of the learned world"

The Institut de France was originally a college founded by Cardinal Mazarin in a palace, the "Palais de l’Institut", built across from the Louvre, on the other side of the River Seine. It was designed by Louis Le Vau, the architect of Versailles. This is one of the most beautiful buildings in the capital and is easily accessible from the Hôtel des Saints Pères. The college continued until the French Revolution in 1795. It was not until the reign of Napoleon, in 1805, that the Institut de France was founded, bringing together all the academies that were then based at the Louvre. The idea was to bring together the nation's finest minds to form "a parliament of the learned world". It includes 5 academies:

  • L’Académie française
  • L’Académie des inscriptions et belles lettres
  • L’Académie des sciences
  • L’Académie des beaux-arts
  • L’Académie des sciences morales et politiques

The Institut is a real community of experts working to support scientific research, with prizes awarded in the domain of science, and also helping to developing talent and encouraging creation in all fields


A rich national heritage

Several marvels of architecture can be found inside the Palais de l’Institut, beginning with the remarkable chapel domeThe Mazarin library, the oldest public library in France, contains rare works such as Gutenberg's Bible. The second library, belonging to the Institut, contains at least one million works. Outside the palace, the Institut owns an impressive cultural heritage resulting from the many donations that have been made to it. Among these national treasures can be found:

  • Château de Chantilly
  • Musée Marmottant
  • Musée Jacquemart-André
  • The House of Claude Monet in Giverny
  • The Greek Villa Kérylos
  • Château de Langeais
  • The House of Louis Pasteur
  • The Manoir de Kerazan
  • The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

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