Musee du Louvre

The Louvre is the world's largest palace and largest museum and one of it's most stunning at night when illuminated, by 70,000 discreet lightbulbs - is the product of centuries. It's me  at the  front view of  The Louvre Museum Originally built by Philippe-Auguste in the 13th century asa fortress, it was not until the reign of pleasure-loving François I, 300 years later, that today's Louvre gradually began to take shape.

The Louvre's recent history center on I.M. Pei's glass pyramid, surrounded by three smaller pyramids in the Cour Napoléon. Unveiled in March of 1989, it's more than just a grandiloquent gesture, a desire on the part of the late president François Mitterrand, who commisioned it , to make his mark on the city, The pyramid provided a new, and much needed,Taken from the othe side of view of The Louvre entrance to the Louvre; it also tops a large museum shop, café, and restaurant. Moreover, it acts as the terminal point for the most celebrated city view in Europe, a majestic vista streching through the Arc du Carrousel, the Tuileries Gardens, across Palace de la Concorde, up the Champs-Élysées to the towering Arc de Triomphe, and ending at the giant modern arch at La Défense.

The Louvre's extraordinary collections encompass paintings, drawings, antiquities, sculpture, furniture, coins, and jewelry - the quality and the sheer variety are overwhelming. The number-one attractionis Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa (La Joconde to the French) The picture is smaller than you might expect and kept behind protective glass; it is invariably surrounded by a crowd of worshipers. But there are numerous other works of equal quality. The collections are divided into seven areas: Asian antiquities, Egyptian antiquities, Greek and Roman antiquities, sculpture, objets d' art, paintings, and prints and drawings. What follows is no more than a selection of favorites, chosen to act as a key points for exploration.

Hours: Mon and Wed  9:00 a.m - 9:45 p.m.
            Thurs - Sunday  9:00 a.m - 6:00 p.m.



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