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The Louvrein Paris, France

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One of the largest and oldest museums in the world has a huge collection of art and historical relics from all around the world.
The Louvre, Paris
The Louvre Museum is one of the most famous sights of Paris, which has brought together incredible artifacts from around the world, including paintings, sculptures and many other exhibits. The exhibition is constantly being supplemented.

History of the creation of Louvre

The building was based on the tower of the Louvre, which was designed to observe the ways of approaching the Vikings. It was built by Philip Augustus in 1190. After 200 years, Louvre was turned into a royal treasury, and then to the residence of Karl V. After, an obsolete tower was demolished and two wings were built. In the time of Henry IV, Louvre was connected to the Tuileries palace, and Louis XIV increased it fourfold. The architects Lemersier and later Louis Levond created the square courtyard.

The Louvre Museum from outside
Photo: The Louvre Museum from outside, © Selina Jain

As a museum, the Louvre was first opened to the public on August 10, 1793, during the French Revolution. Napoleon I continued the reconstruction of the Louvre after the revolution. Persie and Fontaine (architects of Napoleon) built a northern wing along the Rivoli street. When the palace of the Tuileries in 1871 was destroyed after the fire, the Louvre started to look like we know it now.

The Pyramid of the Louvre

In 1989, the architect Yo Ming Pei built a glass pyramid. Although the project of the pyramid was first sharply criticized, pyramid harmoniously blended into the exterior of the luxurious royal palace. It became the main entrance to the Louvre. It is surrounded by three smaller copies of it and a few fountains.

The pyramid consists of more than 600 glass segments. Its height is 21.65 meters, and the weight is more than 180 tons. The prototype for the creation was the pyramid of Cheops.

The Louvre glass pyramid
Photo: The Louvre glass pyramid, © Nishibi

Ticket prices

What is the cost of an entrance ticket to the Louvre you can always find out on the official website (there you can buy a ticket not to stand in line after). Pre-purchased tickets give the right to enter without a queue and they have an unlimited period of validity. The price for visiting permanent collections and temporary exhibitions is €15.

Louvre inside
Photo: Louvre inside, © Hannes Frick

Louvre inside
Photo: Louvre inside, © Kevin Nugent

Free visit to the Louvre

Free entrance is provided for:
• visitors under the age of 18;
• visitors from 18 to 25 years living in the European economic space;
• disabled people and their attendants;
• unemployed;
• for everyone on the first Sunday of the month from October to March or June 14th on the Bastille Day (national holiday in France).

Open hours

The Louvre is opened every day except Tuesdays and 1 January. In other days the schedule does not change. Opening hours are from 9 am to 6 pm. On Wednesdays and Fridays, it works till 9:45 pm. In the evenings some of the halls do not work.

Statues in the Louvre
Photo: Statues in the Louvre, © Sarah Roth

Statues in the Louvre
Photo: Statues in the Louvre, Franco Beccari

How to get to the Louvre

Metro stations: 1st line- the Royal Palace station and the 7th - the Louvre Museum.
By bus: 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95. They stop in front of the main entrance to the museum.

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The Louvre on the map

Location: The Louvre is located in the heart of Paris. The exact address is Rivoli Street, the 1st district of the capital.

Open hours

daily from 9 am to 6 pm; on Wednesdays and Fridays till 9:45 pm. The Louvre is closed on Tuesdays.


Official website: http://www.louvre.fr
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