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Le Louvre Le Louvre

At the end of 12th century, King Philippe initiated the building of Louvre. This beautiful building went on to become the royal residence of the kings of France. It was only in1791, just after the French Revolution, that Le Louvre Palace was turned into a museum.

The Louvre has one of the richest collection of arts in its possession. It is the home of the famous Mona Lisa and several other important works of art such as the Venus of Milo among many others. The Louvre also boasts of an impressive collection of objets d'art from around the world. Some of the works date back to the nineteenth-century!

Le Louvre is divided into seven sections. Egyptian antiquities, Oriental and Islamic antiquities, Greek and Roman antiquities, Painting, Sculpture, Decorative Arts and Graphic Arts. The Louvre consists of three wings, each dedicated to a major artistic discipline or period. Each wing is of a different colour to help the visitor find his way.

In 1981, a renovation and extension project was initiated by president Mitterand. This Grand Louvre project started right away. The glass pyramid, designed by the famous architect Ieoh Ming Pei, was the epicentre of this project. Through the glass pyramid, one can reach the art bookshops, restaurants and cafeterias, situated in the premises. Here, one can also attend a lecture or watch a movie.

Cour Napoléon
Place du Carrousel
75001 Paris

Métro : Louvre Rivoli, Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre

Opening hours
Closed Tuesdays
Museum: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thursday to Sunday
Until 9.30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays
Hall Napoléon: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Entrance fees
Standard: 46 FF /  7 euros. From 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM)
Special rates: 30 FF / 4.50 euros. (After 3:00 PM)
Under 18 : Free, and first sunday of every month also free.


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