The Schoelcher Library was built in Le Jardin des Tuileries in Paris in 1887 for the sole purpose of getting Parisians to see it. It then reached its final destination bit by bit by boat in Fort de France.
There is not much left of the 10000 original works, which were mainly European classics or legal books left by Victor Schoelcher to Martinique. Burnt or stolen during the fire that destroyed the town in 1890, the actual collection is made up of 130000 books. The building’s architecture also rouses curiosity with its surprising mixture of Byzantine, Moorish and Egyptian influences as well as a few hints of Art Nouveau. Its legendary architect is no one else but Pierre Henry Picq who has built the Saint-Louis Cathedral and several private houses in Fort-de-France and “Le Printemps” shop. In France, he was promoted as officer of the Academy thanks to his building project of a girls’ school and the Etienne Blanc asylum hall in Dugny. He is also the creator of Saint-Ambroise Church in Paris.
The Schoelcher Library is open to all and is free; it is also a place where there are regular cultural events and where numerous temporary exhibitions and conferences are organized. Close to La Savanne, no one can miss it! It is the building that should be visited at all costs during your visit in Martinique.
Rue de la Liberté, 97200 Fort-de-France.
Tel : 05 96 70 26 67
Open on Mondays from 1 pm to 5.30 pm,
From Tuesday to Friday from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm,
Saturdays from 8.30 am to 1200 pm.
Tags: Activities / Tours / Nightife / Beaches
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