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Louvre Visitors Guide

07.19.17

 

Of all the touristy sightseeing in Paris, the Louvre Museum can’t be missed! The Louvre is the world’s largest museum, covering 782,000+ square feet and housing around 38,000 historical objects!

With over 7 million visitors each year, crowd-weaving becomes an essential skill inside this museum. I’ve rounded up my 6 favorite spots in the Louvre to dodge the sea of people, but still see mix of famous classics and underrated masterpieces.

Follow along on this map to see all the art galleries the Louvre offers.

The Carrousel and Tuileries Gardens

  

Before entering the museum, you’ll walk down a massive row of flowerbeds, groves, statues, and fountains. The Carrousel and Tuileries Gardens surrounding the Louvre are beautifully green, and spacious enough to separate you from the crowds.

Louvre Pyramid

The glass and metal Louvre Pyramid marks the main entrance to the Louvre Museum. Sitting between three smaller identical pyramids, the Louvre Pyramid stands about 71 feet tall.

One of the coolest features of this structure is that the museum lobby sits underneath it!

Winding staircases and escalators take you far beneath the Louvre pyramid: looking up into the art piece might be an even cooler view than ground level!

Nike of Samothrace

As one of the most famous and celebrated sculptures in the world, Nike of Samothrace was an angelic sight. Created around 200 B.C., this art piece depicts the Greek goddess of victory. Unfortunately: her head and arms have never been found!

The Wedding at Cana

Painted by Paolo Veronese, The Wedding at Cana (which I thought was The Last Supper painting all trip…whoops!) is probably the most underrated painting at the Louvre. At nearly 22ft by 33ft, you’d think you couldn’t miss this massive masterpiece; unfortunately, it sits in the same room as the Mona Lisa.

While hundreds of people are gathered around the Mona Lisa for a selfie, you can view the impressive Wedding at Cana all to yourself!

Venus de Milo

Another famous Greek statue, Venus de Milo is believed to depict Aphrodite and was created around 130 B.C. Another armless goddess, Venus’s arms were lost during discovery.

Cour Marly and Cour Puget

The Richelieu Wing of the Louvre Museum is probably the least crowded of the wings, and has my favorite galleries. The Cour Marly and Cour Puget are French sculpture gardens with open space and natural lighting.

The sculptures are from the 5th to 19th centuries, and depict various gods, villagers, and animals.

Even after spending a couple hours at the Louvre Museum, I know I didn’t even begin to see all the museum has to offer! While this museum houses some of the oldest and most famous art in the world, don’t shy away from where the crowds don’t go: those are usually the best parts!

Have you been to the Louvre before? What’s your favorite museum?

Happy Travels!

Laura

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