Friday, June 8, 2012

OUR VISIT TO THE LOUVRE, PARIS

Welcome to the Louvre


 
One of the amazing places we saw when we visited Paris was the Louvre - it all felt very surreal but I knew we were meant to visit.  From the minute we entered the grounds not a thing went wrong!  There was no line up - it was free entry day unbeknowns to us - & we could photograph inside which we did not expect either.  Everyone was so helpful & friendly as was all of Paris for us. (I truly think the way you approach anything in life including foreign countries - be it a positive & friendly way - is certainly your outcome).


We saw it from a distance first  ---  Just Had to go back!

I was determined to learn some french before I left - Bonjour/soir - Excusez-moi - Je m'apelle Jenny - Parlez-Vous Anglais - Enchante ----- (On leaving) Merci - Au Revoir!  Which translates to Good Morning/Eveing - Excuse me - My name is Jenny - Do you speak English - Glad to Meet you - thank you - Goodbye!

Just by doing this it got us further into the lifestyle & culture than ever imagined.  The acceptance was overwhelming & the service was excellent.  When what may seem small things are made pleasurable, your stay becomes so much more enjoyable.




Anyway once we entered the Louvre my eyes were wide open & never shut - not even for a blink I'm sure - it is the most amazing & very large Museum I have ever been in.  Mindblowing to say the least.  The more you delve into the corridores & doorways of only one section of this huge monument, the more you see pieces of Art & Sculpture you had been learning about since school Art & History Classes - The Winged Victory of Samothrace - Mona Lisa - Aphrodite - Louis XIV - The massive collection, which includes the works of da Vinci, Rembrandt, Poussin and David, among many others, is housed in exhibit space totaling 60,000 square meters. 
There is way too much to mention so I will just show you
what we saw :






















Taken from http://www.louvre.fr/en/history-louvre
History of the Louvre From Château to Museum
The Louvre, in its successive architectural metamorphoses, has dominated central Paris since the late 12th century. Built on the city's western edge, the original structure was gradually engulfed as the city grew. The dark fortress of the early days was transformed into the modernized dwelling of François I and, later, the sumptuous palace of the Sun King, Louis XIV. Here we explore the history of this extraordinary edifice and of the museum that has occupied it since 1793.

The Middle Ages
During the forty-three-year reign of Philippe Auguste (1180–1223), the power and influence of the French monarchy grew considerably, both inside and outside the kingdom. In 1190, a rampart was built around Paris, which was Europe’s biggest city at the time. To protect the capital from the Anglo-Norman threat, the king decided to reinforce its defenses with a fortress, which came to be known as the Louvre. It was built to the west of the city, on the banks of the Seine.

1190–1202

Construction of the fortress and keep under Philippe Auguste

Le Louvre au temps de Philippe Auguste
Le Louvre au temps de Philippe Auguste
© Musée du Louvre / P. Philibert
Philippe Auguste's fortress of 1190 was not a royal residence but a sizable arsenal comprising a moated quadrilateral (seventy-eight by seventy-two meters) with round bastions at each corner, and at the center of the north and west walls. Defensive towers flanked narrow gates in the south and east walls. At thecenter of this complex stood the massive keep, the Grosse Tour (fifteen meters in diameter and thirty meters high). Two inner buildings abutted the outer walls on the west and south sides.

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