The Hôtel de Soubise, a remarkable setting for the French National Archives

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Published by Graziella de Sortiraparis · Photos by Graziella de Sortiraparis · Published on September 24th, 2022 at 10:51 a.m.
In the heart of the Marais district, discover a private mansion and its hidden garden, home to the Archives nationales and a free museum open to all. A chance to admire the sublime architecture of the Hôtel de Soubise!

The city of Paris is full of surprises, and the magnificent Hôtel de Soubise is undoubtedly one of the finest to be discovered in the Marais district, rue des Archives. Accessible to all free of charge, it has been home to the French National Archives for several centuries, in a particularly remarkable and soothing environment.

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Boasting a superb garden, hidden from local residents, the Hôtel welcomes you for an incredible plunge into the heart ofFrench history, in its museum, to discover the many writings and media that have marked the last few centuries.

The illustrious De Guise family acquired the hotel in 1553, and actively renovated it. In March 1700, François de Rohan-Soubise and his wife bought the hotel and entrusted their architect, Pierre-Alexis Delamair, with the task of bringing it up to date. From century to century, the hotel changed hands, welcoming princes and princesses in a decor among the most representative of rocaille art. The neighboringHôtel de Rohan benefits from similar care, and is currently undergoing renovation.

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On March 6, 1808, the Hôtel de Soubise was acquired by the State by imperial decree and officially assigned to the Archives de l'Empire: Napoleon I had the archives, which until then had been kept in several Parisian repositories, grouped together. For over eight centuries, this private mansion has been part of the Parisian landscape, and has lived through all the conflicts and social upheavals that have shaped the capital.

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Created at the time of the French Revolution, the National Archives are responsible for collecting, preserving and promoting the State's central archives. Nearly 300 linear kilometers of archives, from the 7th century to the present day, are preserved here. They are currently housed at three sites: Fontainebleau, Paris and Pierrefitte-sur-Seine, the latter having been opened to the public in January 2013.

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At the museum, you can look forward to priceless historical evidence, such as the Constitution of the Fifth Republic, with its seal, the last letter from Marie-Antoinette or Robespierre, and so many other documents, on media that have stood the test of time, including papyrus dating back to the year 625. Several temporary exhibitions are also on offer for the curious, who need the knowledge contained in the National Archives.

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It's a free, extraordinary concentration of history, not to be missed! Open Monday to Sunday, except Tuesdays, from 10am to 5:30pm. To get to the Archives Nationales, take metro line 11 (Rambuteau) or line 1 (Hôtel de Ville).

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60 Rue des Francs Bourgeois
75004 Paris 4

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www.archives-nationales.culture.gouv.fr

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