The Louvre has been the world’s foremost museum since the eighteenth century. Before this period however, the building functioned as the Palais du Louvre and was the residence of many French Royals.
One of the most visited museums in the world today, the Louvre is a veritable labyrinth of the best art and sculptures by some of the world’s best known artists like Picasso and Leonardo Da Vinci.
The most famous work of art housed at the Louvre is Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Other favourites of art connoisseurs and tourists alike include the Venus De Milo, frescoes by Botticelli, Michelangelo’s Slaves and Da Vinci’s paintings.
Many visitors to the Louvre, unless part of a tour group, have no idea where to begin when it comes to viewing the many art galleries in the building. A large number of tourists decide on a few major artists whose work is renowned throughout the world and then seek out the masterpieces among these galleries. Alternatively, you could just walk through the Louvre at your own pace, taking in whatever works of art you come upon.
To help international tourists fully appreciate the art in the Louvre, multimedia guides that come with English commentary have been provided to help you decipher where you are and what you are looking at.
There is an entrance fee for the Louvre, but if you are prepared to brave the crowds, you could get in free every first Sunday of the month, when there is no entrance fee charged. There are various entrances to the Louvre and most art veterans recommend an evening visit to the Louvre to escape the crowds and standing in line.
If you need a rest, there are six different cafes and restaurants to choose from and a bookstore where you can rest a while you browse through its impressive collection of books related to art.
Address: 34, Rue du Louvre
Official Site: www.louvre.fr