Louvre Museum and Its Enchanting Garden

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Admire the Mona Lisa in the Louvre Museum

The Louvre Museum (Palais du Louvre) is an historic monument and the most visited museum in the world. It is a central landmark of Paris, located on the Right Bank of the Seine.

The Louvre Palace began as a fortress built in the late 12th century under Philip II and remnants of the fortress are still visible.

The building was extended many times to form the present Louvre Palace.

Louis XIV chose to live in the Palace of Versailles and left the Louvre in 1672, primarily as a place to display the royal collection of antique sculptures.

Beautiful Art and Architecture in the Louvre Museum
Stunning Architecture in the Louvre

During the French Revolution, the National Assembly decreed that the Louvre Museum should be used as a museum, to display the nation’s masterpieces. Holdings have grown steadily through donations and gifts.

Tips for Your Visit to the Louvre Museum

As of 2008, the collection is divided among eight curatorial departments; Egyptian Antiquities, Near Eastern Antiquities, Etruscan, Greek, and Roman Antiquities, Islamic Art; Sculpture, Decorative Arts and Paintings.

The most famous exhibit, of course, is Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of the Mona Lisa.

Lovely Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum
I am always thrilled to see the Mona Lisa but be ready to face the crowds at Louvre.

I have been fortunate to quickly sneak a few pictures of the lovely painting of famous Mona Lisa as gazing for too long obstructs the views of the other visitors.

The Louvre is huge building and to see all the exhibits could take a few days.If you don’t enough time, it’s still worth a visit as you can pick your most favourite exhibits and do them in few hours.

If you want to experience quality time at the Louvre museum, get the Carte Musée (Paris Museum Pass) and plan to spend two to three full days.

With a Paris Museum Pass, you can enter over 60 museums and monuments in and around Paris without having to stand in the long line-ups.

The Louvre museum offers other amenities including restaurants cafes, book stores, boutiques and even a post office, where you can buy stamps and immediately mail your postcards.

The Louvre Museum Garden – Jardin des Tuileries

The Jardin des Tuileries (Tuileries Garden), the oldest park in Paris, is surrounded by the Louvre to the east, the River Seine on the south, the Place de la Concorde to the west and the Rue de Rivoli to the north.

The park is lined with a black wrought iron fence along Rue de Rivoli. Not far away to the north lies the Place Vendôme.

Originally adjoining the former royal palace of the Tuileries, the gardens west of the Louvre museum provides a large open space for Parisians and visitors with beautiful gardens, and various cafés which offer sumptuous sandwiches, salads, snacks, ice-cream, crépes and beverages.

Louvre Museum Gardens
The Jardin des Tuileries is a Beautiful Garden of the Louvre. Bring a Book, Read, Rest Relax in one of the Comfortable Lawn chairs provided.

What I find enjoyable are the garden chairs and benches placed in pleasant sunny or shaded settings all over the park where many visitors relax and read their books or simply watch people strolling by.

The gardens are home to a giant ferris wheel in the west of the Louvre museum beside the Place de la Concorde, and to the south is the Musée de la Orangerie, home to Monet’s water lily paintings, while in the north-west corner is the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, a museum of contemporary art.

The Orangerie Museum Near the Jardin des Tuileries

The Musée de l’Orangerie is an art gallery of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings located on the right bank of the River Seine in the old Orangerie of the Louvre museum.

Originally, the Orangerie after its name, was a greenhouse for the citrus trees of the Renaissance gardens of the Tuileries at the Place de la Concorde in Paris.

The Orangerie Museum houses the Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume Collection and works by Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Rousseau among others.

The museum contains Monet’s eight water-lily paintings, known as the Nympheas. The Orangerie Museum has undergone major restorations.

The paintings are now displayed under direct diffused light as was originally intended by Monet and the walls in the Orangerie Museum have been repainted in shades of purples and violet for this special exhibit.

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Arc de Triomphe and Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

The elegant monument of Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel was built to celebrate Napoleon’s 1805 military victories and stands between the Tuileries garden and the Louvre. It is richly decorated in rose marble on the columns and on the front paneling.

When you stand under the arch, you will have a fantastic view of Paris, stretching in a nine kilometres long linear route in a straight line from the Louvre museum through the Tuileries, past the Obélisque de Luxor at the Place de la Concorde, along the Champs-Elysees, through the Arc de Triomphe (only partially in view from that point) and all the way to the Grand Arche building at La Defense Paris.

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel at the Louvre
Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel at the Louvre Museum

Called the Grand Axis of Paris — or Voie Triomphale, this is truly a masterpiece of city planning. The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is easy to find as you walk around on the grounds of the Louvre.

The more famous Arc de Triomphe (also known as Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile which means the Star) was designed in the same year, but is twice as big and took 30 years longer to build.

The Famous Arc de Triomphe

This great Parisian monument is located in the middle of a square called Place Charles de Gaulle (originally Place de l’Étoile) at the west end of the grand tree-lined boulevard Champs-Élysées.

You can easily walk from the Louvre to the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees. This is a fantastic strip with great shopping stores and famous bistrots and restaurants which line the boulevard.

The Arc de Triomphe is in the middle of an extremely busy intersection and round-about with many lanes of traffic going around it.

Be careful when crossing the lanes.

I have discovered that many visitors to Paris are not aware that you can walk up to the top of the famous Arc de Triomphe.

From the top of this stunning monument are great panoramic views of the City of Light in all directions. Make sure to admire the sculptures and reliefs engraved on the facades of the Arc de Triomphe commemorating important achievements of the Napoleonic era and the French Revolution.

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