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.
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.
They are perhaps slightly overlooked among the masterpieces, I was practically alone down there but they are certainly no less spectacular.
Just like this view of the courtyard.
The most fabulously decorated space in the Louvre today are the Napoleon Apartments.
A portrait of Empress Eugenie
Crown, brooch and diadem that belonged to Empress Eugenie
Bust of the Duchess of Angouleme
Letter of Marie-Antoinette to Madame Élisabeth
Medallions of the Orleans family
Princess Clementine of Orleans
Box belonging to Maria Amalia of Naples and Sicily
From the salon of Princess Marie of Orleans, later Duchess of Württemburg
Salon of Princess Marie of Orleans in the Tuileries
Margaret of York
Elisabeth of Austria
Anne of Austria
Marriage of Marie de’Medici and Henry IV
Joanna of Austria, Grand Duchess of Tuscany
Coronation of Marie de’Medici
Henry IV hands the regency of France to Marie de’Medici
Birth of Louis XIII
Exchanging of princesses, Anne of Austria & Elisabeth of Valois
When I finally left the Louvre it was already closing and it had become a bit dark.
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.
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.