The Louvre Museum is the most famous museum in the world, the most important in France and receives more than 8.5 million people every year, which makes it the most visited in the world.
The building in which it is located is the largest palace in France and the second largest in Europe after the Romanian Parliament.
The building is therefore a work of art in itself and a jewel of architecture.
What is the Louvre Palace like?
The Louvre Museum not only has works of art inside, but also the building itself is a real jewel of architecture.
It was the Royal Palace of the kings of France until Louis XIV decided to move the court to the Palace of Versailles in 1682.
The Palace was initially a fortress built in the 12th century to defend the city, which was later expanded to become a beautiful Renaissance palace of 40 hectares and 4 levels.
In it we must highlight its two patios, the Great Gallery and its wonderful Renaissance facades that must be admired before entering the building to see its infinite works of art.
What to see at the Louvre Museum
The Louvre Museum’s collection is so extensive that only a small part is on display to the public.
It consists of some 300,000 pieces of which we can admire only “only” some 35,000.
If you decide to visit the Louvre Museum, you should know that making a complete visit is practically impossible given its size and that you must choose those areas that you want to visit.
The works of art that you can admire range from antiquity to 1848 and are of different origins, so they are classified into 8 areas: Ancient East, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Etruscan and Roman, Islamic Art, Decorative Arts, Engravings, Sculpture and Paint.
When you visit the Louvre Museum get a map and decide what you want to see. Of course, do not miss her most famous painting, the Mona Lisa, although you will almost certainly not be alone with her.
The most important paintings in the painting section that you can see in this museum are:
- The Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci.
- Liberty Leading the People, by Delacroix.
- The Wedding at Cana, by Veronese.
- The Coronation of Napoleon, by David (There is a copy in the Palace of Versailles).
- The Virgin of the Rocks, by Leonardo da Vinci.
In the other departments of the museum we have the following works of art such as The Seated Escribá, in the section of Egyptian antiquities, The Code of Hammurabi, among oriental antiquities, The Venus de Milo, from Ancient Greece or The Winged Victory of Samothrace, of Ancient Greece.
Any of these paintings and sculptures will leave you speechless, although there are many others worth seeing. It must be said that you can take photos in all the rooms of the museum.
You can find more information on the official website of the Louvre Museum.