No visit to Paris is complete without visiting the world’s most famous museum “The Louvre” which is situated at the heart of Paris in the 1st arrondissement. Originally a royal palace, the Louvre museum opened its doors on August 1793 with an exhibition of 537 paintings. Today the Louvre spans a surface of about 60.600 square meters ( 652.300 square feet) and counting more than 380.000 objects.
The Louvre is a real heaven for all arts passionate as it covers many styles, periods and cultures. This historic monuments features a great variety of art works as well as the highest caliber all well-organized in eight curatorial departments: Egyptian antiquities/ Near Eastern antiquities/ Islamic Art/ Sculpture/ Decorative arts/ Painting/ Prints and Drawings. Moving from one department to another is a journey in time ans space; from persia to the pharaonic Egypt and ancient Greece, and then to the renaissance Italy and France… resulting in an overwhelming experience.
No wonder that the Louvre museum is the world’s most visited museum with 9.7 million visitors in 2012 as it hosts some of the unique art works, paintings and sculpture dating back to prehistory to the 21st century like the Greek Winged Victory of Samothrace, the Babylonian Code of Hammurabi, Tomb of Philippe Pot, Venus de Milo, the venerated Mona Lisa… and many others that will blow your mind and definitely make an impression on you. At the Louvre art speaks for itself.
Besides its various and diverse art galleries, the Louvre museum hosts Napoleon Hall which is a 700 foot cavern under the glass pyramid. Being the place where Napoleon III lived, Napoleon Hall speaks of the extravagance of royal life with all its furnishing, rich greens, blues and reds along with gold leaves of embellishments ans stunning chandeliers.
Even if you are not so into arts, the Louvre museum is a must-visit as the building itself is nothing short of spectacular. Its amazing classical architecture and the ceilings in some of the rooms which are works of art in themselves has made of the Louvre a masterpiece of the French Renaissance.
In a word, the Louvre museum stands as a central landmark not only of Paris but of the whole country.
Open: From Wednesday to Monday ( 9:00am – 6:00pm)/ Night opening : until 9:45 pm on Wednesday and Friday
Address : 75001 Paris, France
Phone : +33 1 40 20 50 50
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