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Former royal palace, the famous Louvre can boast a very long history. This history began at the end of the 12thcentury . In 1190, King Philip Augustus (1180-1223) had a fortress built outside the city walls of Paris, occupying the southwestern quarter of what is now the Cour Carrée. This building, about 70 to 80 m on each side, was surrounded by ditches while its thick wall was flanked by towers and had only two entrances. In the center, the keep, the large tower that served among other things as a safe and prison. The origin of this massive construction was the imperative need to defend the city, notably by watching over the Seine, a route of invasion used by men from the north, commonly called Vikings, since the Carolingian era. It was during the construction of the Grand Louvre that archaeologists were able to uncover the remains of this first building in the 1980s. Some of these architectural elements are now freely accessible. In fact, by walking through the wide shopping arcades of the Carrousel, you can walk along the old moats, the northeast corner tower, and at the foot of the keep destroyed in 1528. Not far away, in the rooms of the "Medieval Louvre" renovated in 2016, many objects from this period are on display to the public. In the Crypt of Saint Louis, the oldest room in the palace, where the remains of a decoration dating from the reign of Saint Louis (1226-1270) were discovered, one can also see many artifacts testifying to the daily life of the period but also a gilded copper parade helmet that would have belonged to King Charles VI, known as the Fool (1368-1422). In the Model Room, visitors can discover the transformations that have marked the history of the Louvre Palace over the centuries, as well as its decorations, notably those of Jean Goujon (16th century). You can also see the remains of the Tuileries Palace built by Catherine de Medici and destroyed in 1871 during the Paris Commune. With the development of the city in the Middle Ages, the Louvre gradually lost its defensive function. It became a royal residence, notably under Charles V, known as the Wise (1338-1380). However, it was Francis I (1494-1547) who had the defensive keep destroyed and began major transformations. These changes continued until the reign of Charles IX (1550-1574). The west and the south of the medieval enclosure were thus replaced by two elegant wings of Renaissance style. And it was under Henri IV (1553-1610) that the Louvre Palace and the Tuileries Palace were united. The Cour Carrée, designed by the architects Lemercier and Le Vau, dates from the reigns of Louis XIII (1601-1643) and Louis XIV (1638-1715). The palace was also decorated and fitted out in the style of the day, ornaments due to the masters Poussin, Romanelli and Le Brun until Louis XIV decided to install his court in Versailles. After a period of relative abandonment, the Louvre underwent further transformations in the 18th century, and it was at this time that it became a museum. This is a different story, one whose origins lie in the distant past. In the 16th century, King Charles V surrounded himself with works of art, which he kept in the Vincennes dungeon Later, under François I, an important collection was built up in Fontainebleau, in the " Cabinet des tableaux". This cabinet included masterpieces by Italian masters such as Raphael and Michelangelo. These works were kept for their beauty and to further enhance the prestige they brought to the sovereign, an interest that continued from monarch to monarch until the 18thcentury . During this period, known as the "Age of Enlightenment," Diderot suggested that the works in the Louvre be exhibited to the public, following the model of the British Museum opened in 1759. But it was not until 1791 that the Louvre Palace was entirely devoted to the conservation of works of art, and 1793 that a " Museum of the Republic " was created, bringing together former royal collections and confiscated property, which were henceforth available to all. It was thus in November 1793 that the Louvre Palace opened its doors to the public for the first time. In 1981, President François Mitterrand launched the Grand Louvre project, and the architect Pei designed the famous glass pyramid in the Cour du Carrousel, at the crossroads of the galleries to be visited. Today, the museum exhibits collections covering several millennia of history, art, and civilization in a 58,470-square-meter space, divided into eight departments in three wings of the palace: Richelieu, Denon, and Sully. One discovers Egyptian antiquities (mummies, objects of daily life...), Oriental (Assyria, Mesopotamia...) Greek (numerous vases, sculptures, tanagras...), Etruscan and Roman (bronzes, mosaics...), Byzantine and Coptic (fabrics, elements of architecture...), paintings, sculptures, Islamic arts. A total of 35,000 works are on display, including the Mona Lisa,the Victory of Samothrace,the Winged Bulls of Khorsabad, the Raft of the Medusa, the Golden Apollo of Lillebonne, the Coptic Church of Baouit... In addition to the visit (permanent or temporary exhibitions), the Louvre Museum offers various activities (workshops, guided tours...) and conferences in its auditorium

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Open every day from 9am to 6pm except Tuesdays. Open on public holidays except 1 January, 1 May and 25 December. Entrance fee (permanent collections + temporary exhibitions): €15 on site or €17 online with guaranteed access in 30 minutes. It is advisable to book your tickets online. Ideal time to visit: in the morning when the museum opens. Program of exhibitions and activities on the museum website. Restaurants. Bookshops and shops. Cloakroom and locker. Loan of equipment. Free Wifi. Parking facilities. Guide map available in 7 languages. Audioguide available in 9 languages. ATTENTION: during the health crisis, the reservation of a visit slot is MANDATORY.

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Members' reviews on MUSÉE DU LOUVRE

183 reviews
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charlinette
5/5
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Splendide
Musée toujours aussi magnifique et grandiose. A voir au moins une fois dans sa vie, même si on pourrait y passer la semaine. De grands chefs d'œuvres de l'art. Splendide.
kro25
5/5
Visited in august 2021
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Incontournable
Musée incontournable lors d une visite à Paris, il regorge de trésors historiques et culturels. Plusieurs parcours de visite, pour petits et grands, passionnés et novices en art.
remifute
5/5
Visited in april 2021
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Musée du Louvre
Musée le plus visité du monde, le Louvre est le lieu immanquable de Paris. Les collections sont majestueuses et impressionnantes. Je recommande d'y passer une journée complète, même si vous ne pourrez tout voir.
J-ML
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Visited in august 2021
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Le Louvre
LE plus grand musée du Monde, à faire et refaire sans modération. Cette fois, les Arts Islamiques! Avec Réservation (17€) et Pass Sanitaire, aucuns soucis, entrées fluides…
fute_921683
4/5
Visited in june 2021
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A faire
Un musée qui reste mythique à Paris.
Beaucoup à voir.
Par contre restauration sur place pas bonne dans une petite cafet et très chère
fute_661313
4/5
Visited in september 2019
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Sous la pyramide
Sous cette belle pyramide de verre ce cache un des plus beaux musées.
Si beau qu’il y’a toujours beaucoup beaucoup de monde.
Le temps peut paraître long pour les plus petits alors prévoir une bonne organisation.
flotot
5/5
Visited in november 2019
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A visiter absolument!
Sous la pyramide de verre, le musée s'offre à vous réparti en trois ailes –:Richelieu, Denon et Sully . Venez découvrir La Joconde,l’art occidental du Moyen Âge à 1848, mais également les arts de l’islam et les civilisations antiques. Il vous fera 25 ans pour tout voir!
fute_794923
4/5
Visited in december 2019
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Prévoir la journée !
Beaucoup de choses à voir et il faut vraiment y consacrer au moins une journée et bien préparer sa visite en fonction de l’envie et de l’âge des enfants !
clémentrunner
5/5
Visited in december 2019
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Un grand classique
Un musée immense, il faut se prévoir plusieurs jours pour le visiter, tant il est vaste.
D'un grand classicisme, il est également très diversifié, et recèle certaines des plus belles pièces du monde.
morcarx2
5/5
Visited in february 2020
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L histoire à livre ouvert !
Je ne suis pas un fan de musée mais Le Louvre est très intéressant et d une grande diversité culturelle et remplie de richesses et d histoire. Même si je parcours rapidement les pièces et tableaux c est tout de même très intéressant à faire au moins une fois. De toute façon c est tellement immense que vous ne pourrez pas tout faire en une visite et même peut être pas en deux... Superbe a voir les grands classiques comme la Joconde mais la attention beaucoup de monde et d attente !
makicorse
4/5
Visited in november 2019
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Emblématique
Très beau musée, cependant beaucoup trop de monde. A visiter dès l'ouverture et les lundis
Themys
5/5
Visited in february 2020
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A voir absolument
Le bâtiment est magnifique, les collections superbes. Vous pouvez facilement passer la journée à l'intérieure. Vous en prendrez bien les yeux. Il y a un système de casiers gratuits pour y laisser sacs et manteaux. Vous pouvez sortir et rentrer jusqu'à 3 fois dans la même journée et donc vous restaurer dans la galerie. Pour les personnes handicapées votre entrée est gratuite ainsi que celle de votre accompagnant sur présentation de votre justificatif (pour moi le courrier mdph a suffit).
charlene.b
4/5
Visited in january 2020
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Très beau musée mais très grand, à faire en plusieurs fois. Un incontournable.
Chiquita06
4/5
Visited in november 2019
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Visière en famille
Prenez vos billets à l avance, à l intérieur il y’a des vestiaires et prenez l audio guide indispensable.
Pour voir Mona Lisa ne soyez pas pressé une file d attente et beaucoup de monde.
Regine et Pascal
2/5
Visited in january 2020
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Léonard de Vinci déception pour l'expo
Je m'attendais à une exposition extraordinaire et j'ai été déçue notamment par le peu de commentaires délivré avec les audioguides, et le placement des oeuvres (tout ce qui se rapporte à un même tableau aurait dû être regroupé ce qui n'engendrerait pas des retours en arrière). Je ne conseillerai pas forcément !

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