A different view of the Louvre in Paris

<An alternative view of the Louvre museum in Paris, France >Anyone who has been to Paris has probably seen the Louvre — at least from the outside if not the artwork within (and that tiny portrait of the famous staring lady). However, some may not have approached from the entrance where this photo was taken. My friends and I were leaving the area when we looked back and noticed the symmetry of all the buildings from the different ages.

Cool eh?

This inspired me to learn more about the history of the Louvre. The first time I visited was soon after the pyramid was constructed in 1989. Although I was just a teenager, I remember the tour guide saying that the Parisians called it ‘The Toilet’ because they thought it was so ugly. Perhaps this was just a joke for tourists: I’ve yet to find anyone from Paris who remembers the nickname. The Louvre website has a  detailed history that makes for an interesting read if you want to learn more. Downstairs, you can see the old ruins from the medieval building, which is what find to be the most fascinating part of the whole building and everything it contains. What’s your favourite bit?


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4 comments on “A different view of the Louvre in Paris
  1. Ron Rundle says:

    A cool view indeed, Wendy. I love the Louvre, having visited four times, I have to say the Apollo Gallery is my favourite. The first time we saw it, my partner Kym shed a tear. The ceiling is amazing. But I really love it all, and it’s history.

  2. Wendy says:

    Yeah, it’s a pretty special place, Ron. So much to see there — both on the walls and above!

  3. I have to admit that the Louvre is almost my playground as I live just down the road in the Palais Royal. We spent a whole year with passes just exploring the architectural aspects of the Louvre! One view I love is from the Jardin des Tuileries. You go down in the evening before sunset to the level of the first restaurant on the right(Chez Diane, where we often have lunch in the summer) and sit facing the Louvre which glows pink in the setting sun. Unforgettable.

  4. Aodhan: Recycling Australia says:

    I would love to visit. I imagine you could spend years in the Louvre with the art and then the building itself.

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