Pyramid entrance to the Louvre Palace and Museum at night, Paris, France

A bit of history. In 1190 to protect the capital from the Anglo-Norman threat, the king Philippe Auguste 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. 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.
The reigns of Louis XIII and Louis XIV had a major impact on the Louvre and Tuileries palaces. The extension of the west wing of the Cour Carrée under Louis XIII marked the beginning of an ambitious program of work that would be completed by Louis XIV and added to by Louis XV, resulting in the Louvre that we see today.
With the Revolution, the Louvre entered a phase of intensive transformation. In 1793 the Museum Central des Arts opened to the public in the Grande Galerie and the Salon Carré, from where the collections gradually spread to take over the building.
The glass Pyramid built by I. M. Pei was inaugurated on March 30, 1989. Rising from the center of the Cour Napoléon, it is the focal point of the museum’s main axes of circulation and also serves as an entrance to the large reception hall beneath. (www.louvre.fr)
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  • Audrey Clarke
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  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpalmost 2 years ago

  • Thank you so much Marie!

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  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltalmost 2 years ago

    great capture, Happy New Year, Elena

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  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 1 year ago

    fantastic picture Elena!

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  • lorilee
    lorileeover 1 year ago

    Beautiful!!

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  • Lisa Williams
    Lisa Williamsover 1 year ago

    Beautiful capture Elena

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    katekreationsover 1 year ago

    Congratulations Featured 11th January 2013

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  • Svetlana Sewell
    Svetlana Sewellover 1 year ago

    Awesome!

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  • Marie Moriscot
    Marie Moriscotover 1 year ago

    Magnifique représentation du Louvre! gorgeous work!

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  • lorilee
    lorileeover 1 year ago

    Congratulations!! Your image has placed in the TOP TEN of the
    “Beautiful Architecture” challenge in the group, “Cover Shots!!”

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