(Archives nationales de France)
The entire history of France in boxes.
The National Archives spans three locations: Paris, Fontainebleau, Pierrefitte-sur-Seine. The Paris site, which is in the Marais, keeps all public documents produced by the State of France since the seventh century AD – C. through 1958, as well as the papers of the Heads of State of the Fifth Republic and minutes of notaries in Paris.
Other treasures included are: papyri from the Merovingian and Carolingian dynasties, the only contemporary portrait of Jeanne d’Arc, (Joan of Arc) the trial of the Knights Templars, the complete collection of original constitutional laws of France, the last will and testament of Napoleon Bonaparte, the newspaper of King Louis XVI, the declaration of human rights, the rules of tennis, the keys to the dungeons of the Bastille, the Edict of Nantes, the law on separation of church and state, the law establishing paid leave, the Landru glasses, and so forth.
What you can do here besides enjoy the many exhibitions? Easy! Consult databases in the Historic Centre of the National Archives. You can query and view, either separately or via several databases at a time, different documents at the Historic Centre of the National Archives. Here you will find such treasures as records of purchased art works (paintings, sculptures, prints, etc.) by the State, their distribution in public buildings (museums, city halls, churches, etc.), albums, purchased photographic works exhibitions and books recordings deposited in museums. There’s an exhaustive inventory of the minutes of notaries in Paris throughout history. The archives are a wealth of information on the lives of Parisians and the economic and social history.
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