An immense knowledge housed in the heart of the district
With its many dwellings which are part of an urbanization project of the left bank of the River Seine and its National Library, the neighborhood of the same name, partly built on the old railway path, displays a modern look. Surrounded west to east by the Butte aux Cailles and the River Seine north to south by the Hôpital de la Pitié Salpetrière and the ring road it is essentially a residential area characterized by its contemporary architecture and flourishing around one of cultural centers and the most important studies of Paris.
Residential and contemporary, two assets that appeal
For all those who have spend some time in Paris to explore it, the area of the National Library will offer whole comfort.
First and foremost, because of the several metro stations, serving the east to west and north to south and National Chevaleret (line 6), Bibliothèque François Mitterrand and Olympiades (line 14). Then, because this residential area, overlooking the River Seine has to be explored for its architectural originality with the National Library as a start. The four towers surrounding the inner garden and the famous plaza, designed by architect Dominique Perrault, form a set that can symbolize, in some interpretations, an open book ... You will judge. The thousands of archives, including audiovisual, reading rooms, collections and exhibition galleries make the Francois Mitterrand library a flagship institution in the cultural life not only in Paris but, given the scale and multilingualism of certain funds, international. Researchers around the world are everywhere, while visitors can enjoy various discovery tours or workshops.
But the area of the National Library is also conducive to leisure, especially on the banks of the Seine, which offer different unusual attractions to tourists wishing to enjoy a drink or enjoy a panorama with a place in the capital. Quai François Mauriac, the Batofar, an old barge, serves coffees during the day and comes alive in the evening of electronic music.
A few meters away, Port de la Gare, the Dame du Canton is a Chinese junk which has been transformed into a restaurant, where you can eat while attending some ethnic music concerts.