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Situated at 20 rue de Poissy in the 5th district, the College des Bernadins is an ancient cistercian college dating as far back as the 13th century and finished in 1253. The land, at first was deemed unusable, due to flooding by the Bievre river but eventually using oak pilings the building managed to stay upright.
In 1790 the buildings were confiscated by the Revolutionaries and the remaining monks driven out. Later the building was sold to Paris and became a salt store and then a school. It has also served as a fire station and an internat of the National Police School before falling into disuse.
Since 2001 vast renovations and improvements have been undertaken, just finishing in time for Benoit XVI to make a speech in September 2008.
The college has now been returned to its former vocations, education and as a cultural meeting place. A permanent exhibition of contemporary art is in place in the great nave.
The college is open to the public every day from 10h00 to 18h00 and Sundays from 14h00 to 18h00. Entrance to the great nave is free.
There are also group and guided visits costing 5 euros, but better to consult the site for the different times and days. At the bottom of the sites frontpage click on "Infopratiques".
Nearest metro is Maubert-Mutualité.
Phone: 01 53 10 74 44
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