The most secret place in Paris: the National Archives open their doors to you

Discover this monument, guardian of our history during a guided tour


CultureSecrets invites you to an exceptional guided tour of the National Archives! More than 200 years of history are classified and preserved in this place that has gone through the wars and political movements of our contemporary history. This visit will be punctuated by an exceptional presentation of papyri from the Merovingian and Carolingian eras, never before revealed to the public, by Amable Sablon du Corail, head of the Department of the Middle Ages and the Ancien Régime.


To know

Created in 1790 during the French Revolution, the National Archives collect and classify the writings of the State from the 7th century to the present day, the minutes of notaries as well as the private archives entrusted to the institution. Millions of documents are thus preciously maintained, their historical and patrimonial values are invaluable. The PapMedAn project (Medieval Paryrus of the National Archives) is interested in the study of written materials used in the Merovingian period and takes as its starting point a corpus of some forty documents preserved at the National Archives in Paris, all written on papyrus in a chronological range between the first quarter of the seventh century and the end of the ninth century, in Western Europe.


Our secret

The PapMedAn project will finally be part of a wider perspective of valorization of the written p

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Monday September 12th at 7pm 
National Archives Museum
60 rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75003 Paris

Your name will be indicated on a list at the entrance to the event. 

60 rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75003 Paris
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