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Library Mazarin in France, Paris resort

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The Mazarin Library is the oldest public library not only in Paris, but throughout France.

Cardinal Mazarin was an ardent bibliophile during his lifetime, his first collection of books was about several thousand volumes. The political intrigues of Louis XIV and his court, in which the cardinal was an active participant, did not lead to anything good, and Mazarin fled the country in 1648. The cardinal's library was plundered, and he was forced to reassemble the collection of books.

Since the 1650s, the most respected scholars of France have been admitted to this library. 1661, which became the year of the cardinal's death, determined the further fate of his library – it was moved to the east wing of the College of the Four Nations – the main building of the French Academy. At that time, the college was an elite educational institution for the upper French classes. The College was founded by Louis XIV personally.

This library became public only during the Great Revolution. Until the beginning of the 19th century, the fund was replenished with many books, primarily confiscated from the French nobles. At the beginning of the 20th century, there were about 60 thousand volumes in the library, and by the end of the 20th century this number had grown to 300 thousand. The library collection contains rare volumes of theological and apocryphal books.

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