Friday, November 21, 2014

One of My Favorite Days in Paris--The Louvre--Part 2

most visited museum in the western world.
The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, originally built as
a fortress in the late 12th century to protect
Parisians against Viking attacks.
It became a museum in 1793, during the French Revolution.

It contains more than 380,000 objects and displays 35,000 works
of art. 
It would take 100 days to see everything in the Louvre if you looked
at each work of art for 30 seconds, all day without a break.  

The museum averages 15,000 visitors each days, 65% being
foreign tourists.
8 million people visit the museum each year.
It's one of Paris's 153 museums. 

Although we were short on time, our first priority was to see
the Mona Lisa...

  After taking about a million photos, we reluctantly
moved on.

but not before taking a photo of this impressive beauty
in the same room. 
It was massive!
The Wedding Feast at Cana.

Some other of our favorites...

Loved  the Greek sculptures...


 This cushion looked so real you just wanted to touch it!

Talk about real-looking--their garments--amazing!

And last but not least...the lovely

 Venus de Milo
The statue was created out of marble between 130 and 100 BC.
Can you imagine the skill  without all the tools we have today?

It is believed that Venus de Milo depicts Aphrodite, the Greek
Goddess of love and beauty.
She was sculpted by Alexandros of Antioch.
amd discovered on the island of Melos in the Aegean Sea in 1829, which 
explains why she is named Aphrodite of Melos.

Earlier in our trip, we visited the Louvre at dusk and just walked around
the exterior. Our main reason was to see the Pyramid lit up and it was
well-worth it.

    The Pyramid was commissioned by the French President and built in 1989. 
There are 700 panes of glass.
The French artist Claude Leveque is responsible for this red neon
lighting bolt.

This is quite a popular site for young lovers to have their pictures taken...

 Keep in mind that they are standing in an "alley" with water on both
sides of them!

Quite a fun evening--weren't they all?

Have a wonderful week-end.

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