Daily Archives: July 19, 2013

Paris A to Z: L is for

L is for Le Louvre

You may have noticed that K is missing. Well, I couldn’t think of anything for K, and I didn’t have time to look anything up, so there you have it. Don’t hold it against me!

The Louvre is one of Paris’ famed museums. Although I preferred the Musee d’Orsay because the latter museum houses one of the largest Impressionist collections. The Louvre does have its attractions though (The Mona Lisa being one)

The Louvre in Paris

You can find the Louvre in the 1st arrondissement on the Right Bank of the Seine river. Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st  century are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square metres (652,300 square feet). (Wikipedia)

What I think is cool about the museum is that it is housed in an old fortress built in the 12th Century. Louis XIV decided to relocate himself to the Palace of Versailles and the Louvre Palace became a showcase of the royal collection as of 1682. Nearly one hundred years later in 1793, it became a national art museum and the private royal collection became open to public viewing.

The Louvre has three wings that contain its 35,000 piece collection; The Sully Wing, The Richilieu Wing and the Denon Wing.

As insider’s tip for those who don’t have time to go in the museum. The Louvre Metro stop features replicas of the art in the subway. The collection changes regularly, so you can always find a new piece of art to see. Sadly, all the pieces were mid-transit when I was in Paris, so I didn’t get to see anything.