The Louvre & Place de la Concorde




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Photo by Moniek Bloks

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The last stop of my day in Paris was the Louvre. The Louvre is a museum now but it began its life as a royal palace and it was Louis XIV who moved the seat of power to Versailles in 1682. Since 1789, it has housed the museum.

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The Louvre glass Pyramid is now the main entrance to the museum and has been there since 1989. I’m not a big fan of the pyramid.

Upon entering the Louvre, I first visited its medieval remains.

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They are perhaps slightly overlooked among the masterpieces, I was practically alone down there but they are certainly no less spectacular.

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Just like this view of the courtyard.

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The most fabulously decorated space in the Louvre today are the Napoleon Apartments.

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A portrait of Empress Eugenie

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Crown, brooch and diadem that belonged to Empress Eugenie

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State bedroom

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Bust of the Duchess of Angouleme

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Letter of Marie-Antoinette to Madame Élisabeth

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Medallions of the Orleans family

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Princess Clementine of Orleans

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Box belonging to Maria Amalia of Naples and Sicily

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From the salon of Princess Marie of Orleans, later Duchess of Württemburg

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Salon of Princess Marie of Orleans in the Tuileries

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Charlemagne’s Crown

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Margaret of York

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Elisabeth of Austria 

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Catherine de’Medici

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Anne of Austria

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Marie de’Medici

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Marriage of Marie de’Medici and Henry IV

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Joanna of Austria, Grand Duchess of Tuscany

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Coronation of Marie de’Medici

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Henry IV hands the regency of France to Marie de’Medici

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Birth of Louis XIII

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Exchanging of princesses, Anne of Austria & Elisabeth of Valois

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When I finally left the Louvre it was already closing and it had become a bit dark.

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On the way back to the Champs Elysees I passed the Place de la Concorde, which was the execution site during the French Revolution. Sadly hardly anything is left that remembers this place’s horrible past.

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The Louvre is definitely a must-see during a trip to Paris but prepared to be TIRED at the end of it. There is so much to see you won’t know where to start.






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My name is Moniek and I am from the Netherlands. I began this website in 2013 because I wanted to share these women's amazing stories.

2 Comments

  1. I’ve bn twice but haven’t seen those apartments!! Where are they within the Louvre? I’ve probably walked past them in a state of exhaustion !!

    • I had to look it up, haha! They are in the Richelieu wing on the 1st floor. The Louvre is just huge and very busy so I too probably still missed something, haha!

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