7The National Library of France (Bibliothèque nationale de France), Paris, France

Located in Paris, the National Library of France is a treasure trove of literary heritage.

The library’s most iconic section is the Richelieu-Louvois site, housed in a magnificent 17th-century palace. The grand reading room, known as the Salle Labrouste, features stunning ironwork and intricate details. The library’s collection spans millions of books and manuscripts, including rare and ancient texts, making it a paradise for scholars and book lovers alike.