Musee de Louvre, is located on the Right Bank of River Seine. It is the world’s largest and diverse of museums. It is famous for being the home of Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, priceless antiquities and the Napoleon III apartments. It is a beautiful piece of architecture which spans over 4 floors and 3 wings, Sully, Denon and Richelieu.
When we visited the Louvre, it was a rainy and gloomy day. We waited in the queue for half-an-hour and I couldn’t wait to get inside.
Once in, I was a little overwhelmed by the crowd and the sheer size of it, its ‘hugeness’ took me by surprise. Even with the maps, we were lost wandering around the hallways, but we were focused on finding her! There she was, the infamous painting of Mona Lisa, amusing the crowds that gathered around her, the one which intrigued millions around the world in 2003, depicted in the Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown.
Walking along the wing, there is an incredible collection of classical, neoclassical and renaissance paintings of simple beauty and bold colours coupled with impressive colours. There are also collections of sculptures, artefacts from ancient Greece, Egypt and Persia.
The Louvre is a place that should not be missed. Although it is huge, and you will leave tired, you will not be disappointed! You may want to spend at least half a day but even this may not be enough. You may wish to consider the following when planning a visit here:
- Buy tickets in advance, online.
- Consider an evening visit as the crowd would have thinned out
- Consider returning – half day or even a full day is not enough.
- Bring a bottle of water with you as you will be walking for hours and you would not want to leave for the cafes every couple of hours.
There are 3 cafes inside and audio guides are available. For prices and opening hours, please click here.