"Pyramides du Louvre" Louvre Tip by Pieter11
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In 1989 the new entrance of the Louvre was opened. A glass pyramide that was built on the central square now was the new mainentrance of the museum. Lots of people think it?s a disgrace that such an old environment is poluted by such a modern piece of architecture. Personnally, I love the way they combined old and new.
The pyramide was a small piece of huge renovations in and around the museum, that had as purpose to make the Louvre the biggest collection of art in the world. The basements were packed with pieces of art that couldn?t be shown, so there had to be found a way to make that possible. Another reason was that there was no decent entrance to such a rich museum.
In 1981, the Ministery of Finance left its office in the Louvre. This was the start of a huge plan to give the museum more status. They started with renovating the Big Line from the Arc de Triomphe towards the Louvre. The Avenue Gen. Lemonnier was replaced into a tunnel and the central square of the Louvre was renovated.
Architect Pei came up with the idea to make a huge basement under the central square and make this as an entrance. This would be an example of lightning from above and would create a lot of space, because all of the 40 old entrances could disappear.
This idea was made reality, by building one big pyramide and two small ones. The biggest one is 21 metres high, and is surrounded by 7 small ponds to make it look even more spacious. Nowadays the pyramide welcomes over 20.000 people every day.
Address: 99 rue de Rivoli, Paris, France, 75058
Directions: MÃ©tro: Palais Royal-MusÃ©e du Louvre
Phone: +33 1 40 20 50 50
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