"More on the Louvre" Louvre Tip by DrewV
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The Louvre was originally the royal palace of the Kings of France. If you ever read Les Trois Mousquetaires by Alexandre Dumas, a great deal of the action takes place in and around the Louvre, home of Louis XIII. Once Louis' son, Louis XIV, moved to Versailles, the Louvre began to diminish in importance. After the Revolution and the Empire, it became property of the State and the home fo the incredible collection of art and artifacts which the French had "acquired" through various wars, expeditions, etc.
Therefore, the Louvre is basically a refurbished palace. During the presidency of François Mitterand, the Louvre was expanded; the crowning glory was the Pyrmaid, designed by I.M. Pei, the famous architect who did a lot of other buildings that I can't remember right now. Anyway, the Parisians were at first horrified by the modern glass structure in the middle of "their Louvre." Over the years, some have grown to accept it, and even to admire it. Decide for yourself. Is it classy or gauche?
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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