The Louvre Pyramid (Pyramide du Louvre) is a large glass and metal pyramid, surrounded by three smaller pyramids, in the main courtyard (Cour Napoléon) of the Louvre Palace (Palais du Louvre) in Paris.
The large pyramid serves as the main entrance to the Louvre Museum. Completed in 1989, it has become a landmark of the city of Paris.
Commissioned by the President of France François Mitterrand in 1984, the structure, which was constructed entirely with glass segments, reaches a height of 20.6 metres; its square base has sides of 35 metres. It consists of 603 rhombus-shaped and 70 triangular glass segments.
It has been claimed by some that the glass panes in the Louvre Pyramid number exactly 666, “the number of the beast”, often associated with Satan.
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FEATURED in Around the World with Monuments (06/08/11)