Louvre in Paris

The Louvre is obviously one of the world’s leading museums: it was constructed in several stages under the rule of various sovereigns and was once an immense building site where the dreams and wishes of kings came to be fulfilled.

It has always symbolically represented the power of royalty and the Nation. Numerous world-famous masterpieces are kept there: the “Virgin of the Rocks” (1483-1486) and the “Mona Lisa” (1503-1506) by Leonardo, the “Deposition” (1525) by Tiziano, “The wedding of Cana” (1562-1563) by Veronese, the “Venus of Milo” (100 a.c.), a masterpiece sculpture of Hellenistic art, the “Nike (Greek Goddess) of Samotracia” (190 a.c.), an unforgettable sculpture held at the top of a staircase on the first floor.

Entrance to the museum is through the Pyramid of 1988 by Ieoh Ming Pei: it is 21 m in height, constructed in glass with a stainless steel structure resting on a 30m wide aluminium framework; the base of the pyramid is in black Brittany granite like those of the seven ponds which surround it. The Carousel Pyramid, also by Pei, is located in the shopping gallery: it is smaller than its twin and has its head reversed, suspended 1.40m from the pavement.

From the Pyramid one can access the three main wings into which the museum divides itself: Richelieu, Sully and Denon. Each of them has four floors: mezzanine, ground floor, first floor and second floor. Given the immense number of masterpieces kept, visiting the entire museum would take several days.

The three sections accommodate:

1.Richelieu

  • French painters of the XIV-XVII centuries
  • German, Flemish and Dutch, Northern School painters
  • Medieval, Renaissance, XVII and XIX Century objects of art
  • Apartments of Napoleon III
  • French sculptures
  • Mesopotamia, ancient Iran
  • Islamic Art

2.Sully

  • French painters of the XVII-XVIII-XIX centuries
  • Designs and pastels from the XVII-XVIII-XIX centuries
  • Objects of art from the XVII-XVIII centuries
  • Greece, Etruscans, Rome
  • Egypt of the Pharaohs
  • Ancient Iran, Arab World, Levant
  • History of the museum, the medieval Louvre

3.Denon

  • Italian and Spanish painters
  • French painters of the XIX century
  • Apollon Gallery and Crown Jewels
  • Italian, Spanish and North European sculptures
  • Greece, Etruscans, Rome
  • Roman Egypt and Coptic era
  • African, Asiatic, American and Oceania Art
To reach the Louvre
  • Metro (Paris underground): line1, Royal Palace/Louvre Museum station
  • Bus: numbers 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95
  • The Louvre is open every day from 9.00 to 18.00 except Tuesdays
  • On Wednesdays and Fridays opening is extended to 20.45
  • It is also closed on the following public holidays: 1st January, 1st May, 15th August and 25th December
Opening hours
  • Entrance is free on all first Sundays of the month and on the 14th of July<7li>
  • Entrance is valid for one day and does not include the temporary collections in the Napoleon Room;
  • It does however include access to the Eugène Delacroix museum
  • There is also a cumulative ticket valid for permanent and temporary collections as well as for the Eugène Delacroix Museum
  • combined nocturnal ticket for Wednesdays and Fridays from 18.00 to 20.45

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