No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to one of the most magnificent museums in the world. It's timeless elegance encases some real jewels, including the Mona Lisa, several Michaelangelos, the Venus di Milo, and so many more.
Once the palace to kings and emperors, the Louvre shelters some of the great art works of the world. The collections focus on sculptures and paintings from the European masters, as well as ancient Egyptian, Greek and Islamic art. They've also restored some of Napoleon III's apartments complete with original furnishings which convey what it was like to live in the Louvre when it was a royal palace.
The buildings that make up the Louvre are a combination of classical styles from different periods to the modern pyramid entrance designed by architect I.M. Pei. The grandeur of the setting, the buildings and their interiors are an experience in themselves.
The Louvre has several cafes that are essential for refreshing your palate and giving your poor feet a break. If the weather is nice, I highly recommend the outdoor patio upstairs in the courtyard, if you can get a table.
Admission to the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions (except those in the hall Napoléon which cost more). 7,50 euros until 3pm., 5 euros after 3pm and on Sundays all day. Free on the first Sunday of each month.
Address: Musée du Louvre City: Paris Postcode: 75058 Phone: (33) 01 40 20 51 51 Fax: (33) 01 40 20 54 42 Added: February 10th 2002 Score: Related Link:http://www.louvre.fr Hits: 3712 Language: english
Posted by Lauren on 2005-09-08 17:33:35 My Score: Brooke likes to make out with strings!!
Posted by Val on 2003-11-24 16:38:48 My Score: The collection in this museum is great, but when you enter the former kings' palace you expect to see some signs of kings' life. Instead, you see painted walls. They saved the interior in several rooms, but other than that you do not have a feel of the palace when you get inside.
The paintings are not properly illuminated. When you look at Mona Lisa, you see the reflection of the ceiling in the glass. Spanish artists are shown in small rooms, and there is not enough light to show the beauty of their paintings. Another bad thing is that all notes are written in French only. You can find a short description of the paintings in English on a separate paper, but do not expect to read titles in English. You have to know French!