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"Take Time to View the Cour Carree" Musée du Louvre Tip by hquittner

Musée du Louvre, Paris: 795 reviews and 1,577 photos

  Pavillon de l'Horloge
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      Pavillon de l'Horloge
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      Close-up of Pavillon de l'Horloge
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      Louis XIV Completion (East & North Sides)
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The architectural gem of the Louvre is the Cour Carre. Here you can trace the finest examples of French Architecture. The Cour is entered from the Cour Napoleon to the East of Pei’s largest Pyramid through an Arch of the Pavillon Sully. Inside the Cour, this becomes the Pavillon de l’Horloge (see the clock). As you face it, the far left (West) end is the oldest (by Lescot under Francis I in1528). This Renaissance style was imitated by Mercier for Louis XIII along this entire side and a little ways on the North. For Louis XIV, Le Vau finished the square. Louis called in Bernini first, but rejected his Baroque style. So Perrault and a committee including Le Vau came up with something new. The first French Neo-classic creation is on the outer face of the building, the Grand Colonnade (1668) (See a different Tip). There are hints of the new style here inside, but this is still toned down Baroque (1658). The pool and fountain are a 19C improvement.

Address: 99 rue de Rivoli, 75058 Paris,
Directions: Métro: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre
Phone: +33 1 40 20 50 50

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  • Written Jan 12, 2007
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