The Louvre Museum is one of the largest and most important museums in the world. It is housed in the Louvre Palace in the heart of Paris. Louvre Museum first established in the 16th century as the private collection of King Francis I. One of the works of art he purchased was the now famous Mona Lisa painting. The collection grew steadily thanks to donations and purchases by the kings. In 1793, during the French Revolution, the Louvre became a national art museum and the private royal collection opened to the public.
|Carrousel du Louvre|
|Famous Mona Lisa|
Anyway, the history of this building goes back to from 12 th century to the present.
|Crowd around Mona Lisa|
Over the centuries the palace was changing, the most recent addition to the Louvre was the construction of the Louvre Pyramid, which functions as the museum's main entrance. The pyramid was built in 1989 by the renowned American architect I.M. Pei. The glass pyramid allows the sunlight to enter the underground floor. The modern addition originally received mixed reviews, as it contrasts sharply with the classical design of the surrounding buildings, but today it is generally accepted as a clever solution which has given the museum a spacious central entrance.
With this I'd finish my New Year's walk through Paris.
All that I have described and seen during my two visits to this beautiful city is only a small part of what Paris offers, I always have a reason to come back here.
Therefore Paris goodbye, see you soon!
Photos by: ilovetravels