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Since so much has already been written about the history of the Louvre Museum I chose not to repeat what others have said, but instead talk about my own personal visit to this famous Museum.  Having purchased tickets the day before, myself and five companions did not have to wait in queue at the entrance. Once inside, we all took off in different directions using the maps given us as best we could. But I digress. Let’s go back outside for a minute.

I never could understand why the pyramid-shaped structure was built in the Louvre’s front courtyard. That modern glass edifice seemed out of place, and in my opinion interfered with one’s appreciation of the classical architecture and beautiful facade of the main building. However, once I learned the reason for the pyramid it made sense to me.

It seems that visitors to the Museum were having difficulties orienting with the many entrances and exits and could not find their way around the huge expanse of the immense buildings and wings. Erecting the glass pyramid at the main entrance gives one a point of reference.

Back inside. I wandered from one gallery to the next in complete awe. Shoved the map into my pocket and just walked wherever my feet led me. Six hours gives you only a tiny glimpse into the magnificent works of art – paintings, sculptures, ancient artifacts. I forgot to keep track of where I was going so my map was no help when it came time to meet my group for lunch at the agreed upon meeting place.

But it wasn’t too difficult to find my way back. I bumped into one of my companions who was also somewhat lost, and together we found a gallery attendant and asked directions to the Pyramid where our other companions were waiting for us.  And that is the reason for the Pyramid.

The Louvre PyramidThe Louvre Pyramid

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Row of Statues on the Facade of The Louvre

Row of Statues on the Facade of the Louvre

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