Only a few people know that the third largest museum worldwide used to be the main residence of French kings and emperors for ... More
Musee du Louvre
Only a few people know that the third largest museum worldwide used to be the main residence of French kings and emperors for six centuries. The Old Fortress was erected in 1190 under the reign of King Philippe Auguste to protect the kingdom from the invasion of northern tribes (the Vikings). During the 14th Century, the palace was extended under Charles V and became from time to time a royal residence. The greatest changes in the original palace were made under King François I. The medieval Grosse Tour was destroyed and replaced by a sumptuous palace, still considered a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture. In 1594, Henri IV decided to build a passage between the Tuileries Palace and Louvre Palace, still known as the "Great Gallery." The "Cour Carree" was part of a vast program conducted under Louis XIII and Louis XIV to embellish the king's residence and is a symbol of the classical period. After Louis XIV moved to Versailles , the Louvre knew a static period. The most recent construction is the Glass Pyramid erected by Leoh Ming Pei under French President Mitterrand, which is now the main entrance to the museum. With 35,000 pieces and a surface of about 68,746 square meters, the Louvre cannot be taken in in one day.
Yes, the Musee de Louvre is fantastic, breathtaking, enormous, classic, a Paris staple, etc. but truth it without a guide or at least an audio guide one can get lost in the myriad of ancient items. We arrived hungry and settled for a snack inside - not a good idea. The selection was minimal and unappetizing. We then proceeded to Italian paintings and spent about 2-3 hours admiring the work of Davinci, Botticeli, Verrocchio, etc. By the time the museum we finished in the Italian wing, we only had a few hours left to see the rest of the museum. We rushed through as much as we could, barely scratching the surface of the many treasures.
Point of the story is, if you only have one day and only have a rudimentary understanding of art and its significance I'd recommend a guided tour to take you to the main attractions and give you a good understanding of what you are looking at. Nothing is in English as in some other museums so gear up your French.
The February lines were a breeze!
Even if you have no idea about art or history, the Musee du Louvre will take your breath away. First of all it's HUGE and second of all there is such a variety of art from over decades of centuries that is impossible to take it all in in just one visit!
It is a must see during your visit to Paris. Try going in the early hours so you'll have more chances in not waiting in the lines.
We found Louvre Museum on the way to Eiffel Tower. Louvre Museum is the world's largest museum having three world-famous works: the Venus de Milo, the Victory of Samothrace and Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, painted at the beginning of the 16th century. We took lots of picture there. Glass made pair of pyramids is awesome. - Liton
The Musee du Louvre is a very incredible place with many great pieces of art work, but it can get tiring. Since it is so big, there are different levels so there are alot of staircases. It is a great place, but only if you are VERY much into art.
You need to go see Louvre for the greatest collection of art it has. The world famous Monalisa and Venus de Milo amongst them.
The museum is so huge it is not possible to see all of it in one day. I plan to go back some other time to see all of the museum.
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