Musée du Louvre

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The Louvre is one of the largest palaces in the world and, as a former residence of the kings of France, one of the most illustrious. It exemplifies traditional French architecture since the Renaissance, and it houses a magnificent collection of ancient and Western art.

The Louvre (French: Musée du Louvre) in Paris, France, is one of the most famous and most visited art museums. The collection contains nearly 35,000 pieces displayed over the structure's 60,000 square metres (650,000 sq ft). The museum is on the Right Bank, in the neighborhood referred to as the 1st arrondissement which lies between the Seine River and the Rue de Rivoli.

The structure originated as the palace during the Capetian dynasty under the reign of Philip II and was gradually augmented over time to become the large structure known today. The building holds some of the world's most famous works of art, such as Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, The Virgin and Child with St. Anne, and Madonna of the Rocks; Jacques Louis David's Oath of the Horatii; Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People; and Alexandros of Antioch's Venus de Milo. The equestrian statue of Louis XIV constitutes the starting point of the "axe historique", but the palace is not aligned on this axis.

KeikoCreative says:
Posted on: Jul 27, 2008
KeikoCreative says:
Back door? I'm not too sure about that. I enter thru the entrance of the museum. I guess there are lots of way in & out the museum.
Posted on: Jul 26, 2008
PavelR says:
Hi Keiko, I've never been in Paris but it is one of my future plans, thanks for inspiration.
Posted on: May 01, 2008
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