If you’ve been to Paris, you most likely have seen the Institut de France, even if you didn’t know what it was. It is the building facing the Louvre on the other side of the Seine river, both of them being linked by the infamous Pont de Arts.
It is the home of no less than five academies:
- The French Academy (Académie française)
- The Academy of Humanities (Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres)
- The Academy of Science (Académie des sciences)
- The Academy of Fine Arts (Académie des beaux-arts)
- The Academy of Moral and Political Sciences (Académie des sciences morales et politiques)
The building, located on 23, quai de Conti, was built between 1662 and 1688 and was enlarged in 1848. The Institute itself was founded in 1795, based of the former royal academies that were created by Louis XIV following Mazarin’s will.
Nowadays, the Institut de France manages a bunch of cultural and scientific missions as well as museums and other places of knowledge and culture.