The Louvre occupies a central point in Paris, standing next to the River Seine, surrounded by other famous monuments of the 1st arrondissement. Notre Dame Cathedral, Place de la Concorde, Avenue des Champs-Élysées and Jardin des Tuileries are all close to Musée du Louvre, which makes this area one of the most exclusive in Paris.
Simply put, the Louvre holds the world’s largest and most treasured collection of artistic works. The museum was originally a palace, which gives the Louvre its grandeur. Best known for its display of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece Mona Lisa, the Louvre holds a massive amount of priceless paintings, sculptures and decorative art. The museum is split into eight departments: Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Paintings; Prints and Drawings.
The Louvre has an exhibition room that is often appreciated by visitors because of its collection of Baron Edmond de Rothschild works. There are many engravings, drawings and illustrated books that are kept here for everyone to enjoy. Other exhibits include architecture, archaeology and historic exhibits. There is also a grand furniture collection that is a favorite amongst antique enthusiasts. The Grand Louvre project, initiated by former president Francois Mitterand, saw the opening of new wings of the museum as well as the construction of the now-famous glass pyramid in the museum’s courtyard. 1993 also saw the completion of the inverted pyramid, which has also assisted in dramatically increasing the Louvre’s popularity.
Address: Musée du Louvre, 75001 Paris, France
Open hours: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Phone: +33 1 40 20 50 50
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