Institut de France

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Institut de France information

Paris , France
Address
Street 23 quai de Conti, 6e
Getting there
metro Mabillon or Pont Neuf
More information
www.institut-de-france.fr
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The French Institute, created in 1795, brought together five of France’s academies of arts and sciences. The most famous of these is the Académie Française (French Academy), founded in 1635 by Cardinal Richelieu. Its 40 members, known as the Immortels (Immortals), have the Herculean (some say impossible) task of safeguarding the purity of the French language.

The domed building housing the institute, across the Seine from the Louvre’s eastern end, is a masterpiece of French neoclassical architecture.