Paris: The Louvre

One cannot visit Paris and not visit the Louvre. Well, actually you can but one rarely does, so irresistible is the pull to visit the most famous museum in the world.

With over 8.8 million visitors per year, the Louvre is the most visited art museum in the world. At over 60,000 square meters (625,000 sq feet), the museum is a city unto itself.  And with over 35,000 pieces on display, good luck trying to view all that the museum has to offer. Before visiting the Louvre, resign yourself to the fate that you will see only a tiny fraction of what is on display and consider that there are ten times as many pieces within the Louvre’s collection as there are on display (380,000).

The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, a palatial residence first begun as a fortress in the 12th century and heavily expanded and modified over the next six centuries. It wasn’t until the late 1700s around the time of the French Revoultion that the palace was converted into an art museum to be enjoyed by everyone. It has since evolved into the  second largest art museum in the world (after the Hermitage in St Petersberg) and is home to arguably the most famous works of art in the world, including the Mona Lisa, the Victory of Samothrace and the Venice du Milo, to name a few.

The Louvre

The Pyramid, designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei. Although initially controversial, somehow it’s simple, modern design fits its surroundings

 

The North Wing

A close-up of the North Wing. Notice all the intricate sculptures along the awning

The Mona Lisa (La Joconde). Good luck getting close to her!

The Venus de Milo

One of the museum’s vast Ancient Egyptian collection

Former state room within the Louvre

Not too shabby a dining room table…

A nice, cozy sitting room

A view of the Southern Wing from the Jardin des Tulieries

 

Advertisements

About Canadianindenmark

A Canadian expat working in the biotechnology industry in Copenhagen, Denmark
This entry was posted in European Travels. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s