One of the most recognizable landmarks of the city of Paris is the glass pyramid that you would find in the courtyard of the world famous Louvre Museum, another iconic landmark of the city and country. The Louvre, which is also known as the national museum of France is the largest museum of the world and boasts for getting more than 10 million visitors every year. They say that it is so big that one would need at least a hundred days of travel to Paris to visit each and every of the 35,000 paintings and artifacts and 380,000 museum objects that is on display here in the Louvre.
Some historical and useful facts
The elegant building that hosts the Louvre Museum was originally a fortress that was constructed in the year 1190. After witnessing a lot of things, finally during the French revolution, in the year 1793 the building was converted as a museum which the world would adore in the future for its innumerable paintings and art objects. The glass pyramid that is in the Louvre Museum and is an icon for the same was built in 1989.
The thirty five thousands artifacts are found in the eight departments of the Louvre museum each one of which dedicated to one stream of art. Egyptian antiquities, Islamic art, Near eastern antiquities, Greek, Etruscan and Roman art objects, Sculpture, decorative arts, paintings, paintings and drawings are the eight departments that the Louvre has to offer to its 10 million visitors who travel to Paris every year.
Must see objects at the Louvre
It is obviously not possible that you would be able to cover the whole area of 60,000 square meters of the galleries of Louvre Museum during your short term travel to Paris, but there are certain items that you simply cannot miss. Mona Lisa, the world famous masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci surely would top the chart of must sees. You cannot miss the painting that has been the centre of attraction for billions of visitors over hundreds of years. There are many people who travel to Paris only to see the painting once in real.
Some of the other must see objects inside the Louvre are the paintings “Raft of the Medusa”, “Liberty leading the People”, “The moneylender and his wife” just to name a few out of the ocean of world famous paintings that adorn the walls of the Louvre Museum. Some of the sculptures that you cannot miss in Louvre are the Venus de Milo, Winged victory of Samothrace, Dying Slave, Psyche revived by Cupid’s Kiss and many others. These are centuries old sculptures with different origins and without beholding them your travel to Paris would be incomplete, and that’s also the reason why the Louvre Museum was one of the top tourist attractions in Paris.
You could get to the Louvre Museum by metro, bus, and car or even by boat. Bus numbers 21,24,39,27,68.69,48,95,81,72 can be taken from different parts of Paris to get down right in front of the glass pyramid of Louvre Museum. One can also avail the Paris open tour bus to reach the Museum. For those who want to visit the world’s most visited museum by Metro, Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre is the station where they have to get down. As the underground parking of Louvre museum is open from 7AM to 11PM one can also take a car to visit the museum. Getting off at the Louvre stop at the Francois Mitterrand dock is the best option for those who want to take a boat to visit Louvre Museum.