In between all of the croissant indulging, marveling at the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower, and spending leisurely afternoons at the many beautiful parks, at some point on your trip to Paris you will want to pay a visit to the Louvre. If you agree, the following are some great trinkets to know about how to make sure your time spent there is successful and enjoyable…
A Brief History of the Louvre
Dating way back to the 13th century, the Louvre originally was built upon a much smaller fortress that eventually had massive towers added to it as a sign of great French power amongst the monarch. Years later after destructions and additions, 1527 was the year that brought about what you see today at the Louvre. Now filled with not only a rich history of the French but also jammed packed with culture and a type of architecture unlike any other, it is nothing short of a magnificent and awe inspiring place to see and explore; boasting the title of one of the largest museums in the world.
Location of the Louvre
Located on the Right Bank of the river Seine in the city’s first arrondissement, it is easy to reach and very recognizable thanks to the massive building itself and the enormous crowds making their way to see all it has to offer.
Address: Musee du Louvre, 75001 Paris, France
When to Visit the Louvre
Unlike other major attractions in Paris like the Eiffel Tower, weather is typically not an issue for your visit. Since nearly everything you need or want to see is inside the museum, you won’t need to worry about being too chilly in the winter months or too hot during the summer months. For lesser crowds, visiting during the spring or autumn may be your best shot while the winter and summer seasons see more of a larger crowd base.
Admission: 15 euro // Sundays from October-March: FREE
What to do at the Louvre
As you have probably heard before, one of the main attractions featured inside the Louvre would be the famous Mona Lisa. However, the Mona Lisa is not the only fantastic and interesting piece to see there as the museum holds nearly 350,000 objects dating from prehistory to the 21st century that are scattered throughout the 60,600 square meters (652,300 square feet) of the place. Although you may want to see all of these objects, plan for only seeing a fraction of them as it would be nearly impossible to do so even over the span of many months. From Egyptian antiques and Islamic art to Sculptures, paintings, and drawings the Louvre is nothing short of an art lover’s paradise. Plan for at least a couple hours inside the museum as the facilities are extremely extensive and could take all day if you so choose. Admire the outside of the Louvre Palace, which the museum is located in, wander about the many works of art throughout the hallways and passageways, and simply take in the rich and diverse history that seems to exude its every meter and inch.