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The imposing Louvre Museum | Paris

The Louvre is the most famous museum in the world. Symbol of the grandeur of France in centuries past, it experienced a period of renewal with the help of contemporary architecture for the construction of the great pyramid-shaped entrance. Some additional inputs were positioned laterally and posteriorly to reduce the problems of the queue. The museum is in fact the first in the world considering the number of visitors with its 8.8 million per year. You know that, if you get to Paris, the Louvre is a must.

The Louvre

The Louvre

The vast Louvre Palace was commissioned in the thirteenth century and built in the sixteenth century. In 1973, the Revolutionary Convention turned it into a national museum. The paintings, sculptures and other worksthere have been collected by the French governments over the past five centuries. The amount of work is impressive and here’s something you didn’t know: it is estimated that to observe them all, pausing 30 seconds on each work and not to mention moving from one work to another, nor ever doing any sleep breaks, to visit the Louvre in 100% of all its grandeur it takes no less than six months!

The phantom of the Louvre

The phantom of the Louvre

The museum has works of art and crafts from all over Europe and collections of art and antiquities that are Assyrian, Etruscan, Greek, Coptic and Islamic. The raison d’être of the Louvre was to present art from the Middle Ages until 1848. The mass of the building and the majesty of the collection makes it essential to visit the museum. The total number of works in the museum between exposure and deposit is nothing short of incredible: more than four hundred works.

The pyramid

The pyramid

The most visited exhibit is undoubtedly the famous Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci (Mona Lisa de la Salle, first floor, Denon wing). The Louvre is spread over two floors, articulated in four wings where you can take guided tours for individuals or groups. The entrance fee is around € 12 for the permanent exhibition and there is also an extra fee when it comes to special and temporary exhibitions. It is always free for minors though. Keep in mind that the Louvre is closed on Tuesdays.

Mona Lisa is worth the wait

Mona Lisa is worth the wait

Finally, the museum has reserved an entire Parisian metro stop which stops directly inside it. This place is simply the lifeblood of the stimulus to all those who have love and passion for the culture, knowledge,beauty and t is a place everyone should visit at least once in their lives!

The Louvre photos by: kenny (zoompict) teo, fransesco, manuel lopez castro, mc brewster

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