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The world's largest, richest collection of art and antiques occupies the Louvre, the world's largest museum and the one-time royal palace to French Kings and Queens. Originally built in 1190 as a... Read More
The world's largest, richest collection of art and antiques occupies the Louvre, the world's largest museum and the one-time royal palace to French Kings and Queens. Originally built in 1190 as a fortress, part of which can be viewed in the basement, the Louvre began taking its present form during the 16th century under Renaissance monarch Fran�ois 1er, whose successors began filling it with artworks, but didn't officially open it as a museum until 1793 after the French Revolution. In 1981, then-President Mitterrand spearheaded a stunning renovation of the facility, notably the glass pyramid that now provides the main entrance. Leonardo's Mona Lisa and masterpieces of French Romanticism by Delacroix and G�ricault are several of its superstars. The popular Ancient Egyptian department is much loved by kids. There are excellent book and gift shops and several caf�s in the Carrousel du Louvre, the new shopping center it opens up onto.
- Sat-Mon,: Thu; 9am-6pm
- Wed,: Fri; 9am-10pm
- Day Adult 9; Child (0-17) Free; Child (18-25) Free - 9
Wed, Fri Evening 6-10pm Adult 6; Child (0-17) Free; Child (18-25) Free - 6
Exhibitions Hall Napoleon 11 - 14
- Sightseeing: "When architect I.M. Pei designed the glass pyramid to grace the Louvre's courtyard it was a world-class design scandal. Scant decades later and it is already as emblematic a symbol of this fortress-like museum as is the Mona Lisa or Venus de Milo."
- Best for Sightseeing Because: It is unthinkable to visit Paris and not have a look in at, or at least a walk by, The Louvre.