What is this world renowned museum really like? Is it worth the hype? Read on to find out.
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The day, my husband and I visited The Louvre Museum, it happened to be the last day of our honeymoon. The sky was a deep blue, there was barely a cloud in sight, and this was our first stop on our bucket list that day.
Did you know this is actually the largest museum in the world? It houses many important pieces, but let’s be honest, 90% of people go to see the Mona Lisa. The famous glass-shaped pyramid entrance allows floods of light into the reception area and gives off little rainbows in every direction. It’s really cool! The original part of the building dates back to 1190. It was once a royal residence, and you can see evidence of this in the basement, where some of the ancient fragments are still visible.
The museum holds eight different departments. The first section we explored was Etruscan and Roman Antiquities. There’s many pieces housed here, but the one sculpture in particular that everyone was buzzing about was the statue of Venus (Venus de Milo). Carved from marble in 130 BC, she remains in pretty good nick, considering she’s well over two thousand years old. Only her arms are missing.
Then we went in search of the Mona Lisa, which resides in the Paintings section. I could tell we had arrived in the right room as soon as I walked in. The space was rammed. This zone is full of fantastic pieces, such as “Liberty Leading the People” by Eugene Dalacroix of the 1830s French Revolution,
“The Raft of Medusa” by Theodore Gericault and, one of my personal favourites, “The Wedding at Cana” by Paolo Veronese, where Jesus coverts water into wine. How the Mona Lisa became so renowned above these works of art is baffling. It’s only the size of an A2 piece of paper. To make matters worse, she’s also behind protective bullet-proof glass so that when you take pictures, it’s hard to get one that doesn’t have a glare on it. Even still, many people stood in front of her, jostling to get a photo. Be patient. It’s just one painting. People won’t stand in front of it forever. They will eventually move out of the way, so take a look at her if you want, but make sure you take some time to look around the rest of the room so you can appreciate some real art. Another odd thing about this room that bugged me was the cheap office block-style ceiling, while the rest of the rooms in the Louvre were adorned with beautiful paintings and handcrafted sculptures. The ceiling in this area was a complete thumbs down from me!
Next we made our way over to the “Fragment de Statue Moai.” These are the Easter Island heads, which I have wanted to see in the flesh for so long, having had them on my bucket list for many years. However, being so close to one of them in the Louvre was pretty cool too.
The last section we visited was the Islamic Art department. I was really surprised by this area, as before coming here today, I didn’t know much about this genre, but now I just love this style of art! When you first walk down the stairs, you will see a black wall with Arabic calligraphy-style writing in white. I don’t know what it said, but it looked truly beautiful. To me, Arabic letters look so fancy and medieval-like, almost as if they’re from a different time. There were many handcrafted ceramic tiles on display, showing the most beautiful patterns created from blue and orange floral motifs. They even had walking canes with horse heads and, of course, many beautiful Koran’s to look at.
Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France | www.louvre.fr
Thanks for reading my post on the Louvre Museum in Paris. I was so excited to visit here, and I do believe that it is worth the hype. The only disappointing part for me, was seeing the Mona Lisa. I really don’t see what the fuss is about. Do you? Tell me what you think in the comment’s below.
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