"Pei's Pyramid (4 photos)" Louvre Tip by nicolaitan

Louvre, Paris: 796 reviews and 1,585 photos

The Louvre is the most famous of French president Mitterand's 15 billion franc program to create monuments to France's role in the arts. Chinese -born architect I.M. Pei was selected to provide a museum entrance in the three-sided western courtyard of the museum. The pyramid is 70 feet high and composed of glass panes set on visible steel struts and supports. The glass panes are tinted to match the stone of the museum itself. However, the most remarkable part of this grand entrance is the area below ground level which contains subterranean passageways to the museum wings as well as restaurants, ticket booths, and all the other support features needed for the world famous museum. These include the obligatory shopping area, parking, and a theatre. Of interest - some claim the number of glass panes is 666, the "number of the beast". There are actually supposed to be almost 700 but the claims linger on.

Address: 99 rue de Rivoli, Paris, France, 75058
Directions: Métro: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre
Phone: +33 1 40 20 50 50
Website: http://www.louvre.fr

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 5, 2006
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