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Lescot Wing is found between Pavillon Sully and Pavillon du Roi and offers spectacular views of Old Louvre's Cour Carré. The structure comprises two floors and an ornate attic decorated with bas-reliefs. Lescot Wing is the earliest element which lies above the palace's ground floor. It was built between the years 1546 and 1551 and features elements of Italian Mannerism though it primarily remains a French Classicism architectural wonder.
Completed in 1989, the glass-and-metal Louvre Pyramid marks the entrance to the world-famous Louvre Museum. The stunning architectural monument was dreamed up by Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei who is also famous for designing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, the east building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Miho Museum in Japan. The pyramid reached a height of 21.6 meters (71 feet) and is flanked by other, smaller pyramids. Visitors can view the pyramid from the outside for free, but most pay an entry fee to get into the museum.
Palais du Louvre's facade to its extreme eastern end, Perrault's Colonnade remains a fine example of French classicism architectural style. The elaborate structure was built between the years 1667 and 1670. It also features elements of Baroque architecture and was built to the designs of Vitruvius, a celebrated Roman artist from the bygone era.
Quai Francois Mitterrand remains a scenic wharf nestled alongside the beautiful Seine river in Paris. The quay lies on the same stretch which also houses the former magnificent mansion, Palais du Louvreis. Originally known as Quai du Louvre, the wharf was rechristened with its present title after the erstwhile present Francois Mitterrand.
Among the various bridges spanning the Seine, the Pont des Arts is without doubt one of the most romantic, its all-metal structure providing a link between the Louvre and the L'Institut de France. This delightful little footbridge, built during the 18th Century, has always been a pedestrian bridge. Originally, a tollgate was installed at each end, ensuring that access was only given to the upper classes. The bridge faced destruction during the world wars, however, in 1981, it was restored to its former glory.
Once set up in the palace of the Louvre, the royal family Valois (who ruled France between the 14th and 16th Century) chose Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois as the church of the monarchy. After the French Revolution, the building lost its prestige since it was used to store fodder. Today, visitors can admire its 12th Century roman tower and its stained-glass windows, which were restored in the 15th Century. The portal, choir and the Virgin's chapel date from the 13th Century.
If you hadn't heard of it before, The Da Vinci Code would have told you all you need to know about the Pyramide du Louvre. La Pyramide Inversée, however, is an attraction of a different kind; this inverted pyramid situated at the Carrousel du Louvre is an upside-down skylight. Although the mall itself has much to offer, the widespread fame of this inverted pyramid is what draws so many tourists here.