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The Louvre Museum houses one of the largest collections of artwork and antiquities in the world. The museum is located inside the Louvre Palace, which was constructed in the 12th-Century as a fortress Philip II. After Louis XIV decided to move his court to Versailles, the palace was occupied by a variety of institutions related to the arts. The museum was first opened under the National Assembly in 1793. The establishment is separated into sections, including drawing, painting and sculpture, and houses antiquities from Egypt, Rome, Greece, and several other cultures. Visitors to the museum can explore its many wings and see famous works like the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and Liberty Leading the People.
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.
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.
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.
Opened in 1900, Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre is Paris metro system's most famous station. It's mainly well-known as it gets its name from the nearby historic Palais-Royal and the national museum of France, Musée du Louvre. Apart from its historic significance, this metro station just like any other serves as a transport facility. For more information, kindly contact +33 8 3668 311.
The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel punctuates the splendid landscape of one of Paris' iconic squares. Within stumbling distance of the Musée du Louvre and the ornamental gardens on Place du Carrousel, this triumphal arch is a must visit. Built in 1806, it is an ode to the glories of Napoleon I's army and is inspired by the Arch of Constantine in Rome. Two arches flank a taller central arch, and the perimeter of the 63-foot (19-meter) monument is surrounded by eight Corinthian columns. Statues of soldiers cap the columns and bas-reliefs representing battles are carved on the pediment. The quadriga on the top is reminiscent to the Horses of Saint Mark at St Mark's Basilica.
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.