Louvre Museum Pictures Guide, Paris, France
One way to get to the Louvre Museum is via this unusual metro exit near the museum.
Visiting the Louvre Museum, Musée du Louvre
The Louvre was built as a fortress in 1190 by King Philippe-Auguste but replaced by Francois I with a palace in the 16th century, but it was the ubiquitous Napoleon who remodelled the building as a museum around 1800.
Paintings and sculpture are displayed by country with other galleries for objets d’art, antiquities and more.
How to see it best
You are likely to be overwhelmed by its sheer size and crowds, but Paris’ Louvre museum is well worth the trouble to come face to face with some of the world’s most celebrated antiquities and art in a spectacular building.
Smart tourists will line up first thing in the morning with tickets already in hand, get a free plan/info and aim to see only specific targets. For instance, if you are there as a beginner essentials such as the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory of Samothrace will be at the top of your hit list.
Aim to arrive as close as possible to opening time at 9am (closed Tuesdays).
The Venus de Milo. Fortunately the Louvre is so huge that few exhibits see massive crowds.
The Raft of Medusa by Géricault in 1819, another big Musée du Louvre hit.
Slaves by Michelangelo, 1520. Unfinished figures emerging from stone.
Some Louvre ceilings are art works themselves.
A relief of three warrior gods found in Palmyra, Syria.