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Cabinet des Médailles: all Things Pretty and Shiny

More formally known as 'Le département des Monnaies, Médailles et Antiquités de la Bibliothèque Nationale', this little museum still survives inside the old site of the national library.
cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu
The museum holds important collections of coins, engraved gems, and antiquities, with its distant origins in the treasuries of the French kings of the Middle Ages. The disruptions of the Wars of Religion inspired Charles IX to create the position of a 'garde particulier des médailles et antiques du roi' a "guardian entrusted specifically with the medals and ancient coins and antiquities of the Crown".
Thus the collection, which has been augmented and never again dispersed, passed from being the personal collection of the king to becoming a national property ('bien national') as the royal collection was declared during the Revolution.
cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu

cabinet des médailles, bibliotheque nationale site richelieu
The collection is located in the former building of the Bibliothèque Nationale, 58 rue Richelieu, Paris Ier, and can be visited for free every afternoon (13:00-17:00), seven days a week.

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2 Responses to “Cabinet des Médailles: all Things Pretty and Shiny”

  1. # Anonymous dallas dwi lawyer

    Love all of these antiques. They're beautiful. I wish things were still designed this way!  

  2. # Blogger Books and an espresso cup...

    Bonjour! Cedric,
    Le département des Monnaies, Médailles et Antiquités de la Bibliothèque Nationale'...

    All the treasures in this small museum are..."beautiful!
    Especially, the collections of coins.
    Merci de partager!
    DeeDee ;-D  

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