Is it any surprise the Parisian library tasked with preserving French heritage is an opus to the extraordinary? The Bibliothèque Nationale de France
dates back to 1666 under the direction of Colbert as a tool to praise Louis XIV. Today, the collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France are housed in two different places: the François-Mitterrand Library and the Richelieu Library
. While all of it is a treasure trove of literary goodness, it is the Labrouste Hall, located within the Richelieu Library, that is a true must see. Think light-colored marble with red round cabochons, hunter green accents, stone-covered walls and ceiling carvings inlaid with polished marble disks.