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A few weeks ago, I took benefit of my stay in the Paris area to visit one of the most remarkable museums in the world: The Louvre.
About the Louvre
Primarily built during the 12th century to be a fortress, the Louvre was reconstructed and converted by Francis 1st in 1546 as a palace for the French sovereigns. However, in 1791, during the French Revolution, the National Constituent Assembly proclaimed that the Louvre would evolve into a museum.
It was only in the 1980s, under Francois Mitterand’s mandate, that the Louvre acquired its present outer design by adding glass pyramids. For the small anecdote, the project to add modern glass pyramids to such an ancient and historical edifice was controversial. Nevertheless, people finally accepted the Louvre as it was.
With more than 75000 m2 of exposition and 35000 objects exposed from all sorts, all civilizations and periods (460000 in total conserved between the walls), people estimate that to see all the pieces of the museum; we would need ninety-six hours (four full days) staying a maximum of ten seconds in front of every object. Having that in mind, I prioritized the sections I wanted to visit.
The Egyptian Antiquities
Without knowing how to explain, since I learned at school about the existence of the ancient Egyptian civilization, I got fond of this period and culture. It is awe-inspiring how many thousands of years ago, they were able to build, draw, carve and paint such art pieces. And I talk about something other than their level of understanding in medicine, the wealth of their beliefs, and their mythology.
Passionated by this period, this is how I came to visit this section and took the following photographs. This section is a must-see if you come to the Louvre.
Sculptures are literally everywhere in the Louvre. However, throughout your walk in the galleries, you will notice that they are grouped by period and style.
Unfortunately, I did not pay attention to the style and period of the statues that caught my attention. But here is my top three!
I did not mention it previously, but all the objects and sections have signs explaining the historical context in which they emerged. Therefore, you will acquire a lot of exciting knowledge visiting this museum.
Since you are in Paris, I strongly recommend you to visit another museum: The Galleries of Evolution and mineralogy. Two great expositions where science lovers will have a great time. Enjoy!