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Paris – Louvre Museum with Kids

September 20, 2007

The present-day Louvre has been the result of a series of successive building projects completed over the past 800 years. (Wikipedia page). It is located on the Right Bank in the 1er arrondissement between the Rue de Rivoli and the Seine River, the same river that flows to where the Eiffel tower is. Home to many notable works of art and perhaps the most visited museum in the world, the Louvre used to be a palace under the reign of Philip II.

How to Get To The Louvre

Louvre Metro Map
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We arrived in Paris coming from Marne La Vallee via RER at the Opera Station. We transferred to Line 1 and alighted at Palais Royal Musée du Louvre.  Hubby brought his navigator so it didn’t take us much time to find the museum. We had some photo op on the way, which I will upload in the following posts. The closest Paris Metro stations to the Louvre Museum are Louvre Rivoli and Palais Royal Musée du Louvre. These are both on Line 1  which travels underneath Rue de Rivoli.

And while walking to the Louvre, we discussed how it is correctly pronounced. Loov? Louv-reh? Louver? Well it’s Loov (English) and Loov – ruh (French).

Antiquaires, the Louvre Pyramid

^An antique dealer’s shop opposite the Louvre. We were quite ecstatic seeing this, we actually thought that this is the musem. lol.  That’s hubby and son #1 by the Louvre’s (Half) Pyramid at the courtyard. The pyramid is the main entrance to the Louvre itself. The main lobby is actually below the ground.

Walking a bit further and to the front of the antique shop is a courtyard, turns out that is the French consulate. Opposite is the entrance to the Louvre.

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The inscription at the entrance of the Louvre Museum caught my eyes immediately. The French Rennaisance style easily seen as its influence. I’ve forgotten now how much we paid for the entrance…though we had to wait a bit in line before we got in. It is best to buy in advance! (Click the link below to get your ticket.)

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The museum is free for children under 18 years of age. It is also free for adults from the European Union under 26, just show an ID when you enter.

How to Navigate the Louvre Conveniently

It is not a surprise to find a long queue when you get to the pyramid, as mentioned, the main lobby is located there. Thus, we recommend entering through either the entrance at Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre metro station, or at the 99, Rivoli Street. If you opt for a guided tour, make sure to clear out with the guide where you should meet up/start.

Cooperate with the security personnel once you get in. This will make things easier for you and other patrons or art enthusiasts.

Inside the Louvre Pyramid
Daughter by the pyramid escalator

^View from inside the pyramid, though this is when were going up already. Escalators and elevators are available for use. One could just be awed at the magnificence of this vast infrastructure whether inside or outside. The Louvre is definitely one of our favorite museums.

Antiquities

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Sphinx of Tanis

Great sphinx of Tanis

 This is one of the largest sphinxes outside of Egypt. According to archaeologists, certain details suggest that this sphinx dates to an earlier period – the Old Kingdom (c. 2600 BC).

Sculptures

Greek sculptures

A severed head. Either the parts were lost or the sculptor intended it that way, since during that certain era, sculptors would make less visible parts of statues, also body parts are made separately then assembled together. Hubby posed beside almost every statue.
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Scupltures from Parthenon and Venus de Milo, famous for missing arms and hands.

Venus de Milo

One spectator said that it was perhaps during transport, that the hands of the statue got lost. I jokingly said Hercules threw a discus and accidentally destroyed the arms…referring to the Disney movie, Hercules. =D Kidding aside, here’s what really happened.
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Niké en chiton ionique

Niké (image below) is also called the Winged Victory of Samothrace. It is one of the surviving masterpieces of Hellenic sculpture despite its significant damage. Believed to date from 220-190 BC. This sculpture stands at the Daru staircase, which is the perfect spot for such a work of art.

Paintings

Louvre scuplture Niké en chiton ionique and the Mona Lisa.
Niké en chiton ionique and the Mona Lisa

La Joconde

The Mona Lisa. Perhaps the most famous painting in the world, a portrait by Leonardo da Vinci of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo, that has been finally established as a fact just this month. The La Joconde has been subject to many critics and research and at one time; a robbery. Thus, it has been displayed at the museum’s Salle des États inside a purpose-built, climate-controlled enclosure behind bullet proof glass. A wooden rail prohibits the viewers from coming too near the painting. But the guards were so kind to have let us go past it, really thankful!

ceiling
Gold ceiling

Painting on the ceiling

This could be of Roman origin. The most extensive royal abode I visited with gold plated on wall edges is Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace, its ballroom’s ceiling is also painted but without gold in it so I was in awe at this display…I sadly forgot now where this one actually came from.

The temptation of Jesus Christ

Jesus' temptation
  The temptation of Christ (Ary Scheffer)

While Jesus is depicted in this painting as the long-haired guy we all came to believe, and Satan the devil having black wings and naked – this is far from what could have been their appearances per Bible’s history.

Having been born in Bethlehem, in Palestinian territory nowadays, Jesus would have looked like – well, Palestinian.

Satan on the other hand is a result of the era that was the Dark ages. In order to sow fear among the people, he was drawn to  inspire that. This is one of the many absurd teachings not found in the Bible…like he resides in a feiry hell to torture the bad people who died (lol). What the bible says of him though is: “Woe for the earth . . . because the Devil has come down to you.”Revelation 12:12.

Sit and Enjoy

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^Taking a rest from the long walk as hubby takes more photos of the paintings on display. I do love walking around museums but the Louvre is just too big. You definitely would appreciate a minute or two of just sitting.
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By the way, Jean Reno who played Bezu Fache in the movie Da Vinci code which was set at the Louvre, did a narration: the Da Vinci code soundwalk for the museum. The audio guide gives the listener historical facts and meanings of many paintings at the museum.

The Louvre is not just big…but really really big, we were not able to finish touring it. Half day won’t be enough for hubby, an artist and admirer of art and for me, an art lover who once dreamed of becoming an artist. =P The Louvre is truly an art lover’s haven, no wonder it gathers as much as 8 million visitors a year!
The Louvre is not just big...but really really big, we were not able to finish touring it. Half day won't be enough for hubby, an artist and admirer of art and for me, an art lover who once dreamed of becoming an artist.
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  2. I have always wanted to explore Paris but we never had the right moment.

    But for sure I will visit one day and see the Mona Lisa to!

  3. I so so loved these arts even way back from high school and when we studied the Greek Mythology, always fascinated by the stories of Rome and Greece and other ancient civilizations.. 🙂

  4. My dad went there a few years back, and he said that no pictures can really justify the beauty of all the masterpieces that are there. And it’s so big that one day is definitely not enough. It will surely be a dream come true to walk through the Louvre. Thanks for sharing this.

  5. That’s on my bucket list: to visit the Louvre. I wonder when that day will come. Those are spectacular shots! They truly capture the beauty of the place.

  6. ooohhhh always curious with Italy. And someday, I would love to travel and explore it! i guess, especially the food! I am a big fan of Italian food… spaghetti, pizza, pasta… and whatever they can offer me that I do not know… I’ll take it…

  7. the pyramid reminds me of tom hank’s da vinci code. many artifacts here are priceless… reminders of the past. hope someday i can also visit this place too. Yahweh bless.

  8. If I have the chance to travel in this place never that I will miss this museum. Those statues and paintings are truly a must-see. And the Mona Lisa painting, is that really the original one/

    1. Speculations say, the original one is hidden and that the one on display is a replica, then again they have tight security and its well-cared for state would say otherwise. 🙂

  9. I’ve been wanting to visit this museum ever since I saw Da Vinci Code! <3
    I'm still wondering if the story is true though.. 🙂

  10. I am envisioning myself taking photos of my kids and hubby and myself of course, in Paris! I’d love to wake up one day traveling the world.. starting with this place! lucky you!

  11. it is a great view. a very good place for art lovers…. it has the majesty that cannot be explained. hope to go there soon. 😀

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