New official blog of the Hotel Louvre Bons Enfants bids you welcome. Each month we will be bringing you news of the events, exhibitions or shows taking place in Paris. We will also recommend our favourite places including landmarks, shops, restaurants and more. Additionally, you will be able to find all the latest news about the Hotel Louvre Bons Enfants and exclusive offers available nowhere else. This month we’d like to begin by introducing you to the Louvre Museum, a world famous attraction just a short stroll from the hotel.
New official blog of the Hotel Louvre Bons Enfants presents the Louvre story
It is one of the world’s largest, and certainly the most visited museum on Earth, enthralling over nine million visitors each year. The Louvre is also housed in an historic monument with a long and proud history. A fortress was built on this spot in the 12th century, the remains of which can still be seen in the crypt, and upon this foundation a magnificent building grew which was added to throughout the late Middle Ages and the French Renaissance period.
Known as the Louvre Palace, it was a royal residence until 1682. This was when the Sun King, Louis XIV, relocated his court to the Palace of Versailles. However, the royal collections largely remained behind in the Louvre, which came to be used as a salon for artists. During the French Revolution it was decreed that the building and its collections should be placed in the hands of the people and it became a museum, a place where the masterpieces belonging to the nation could be displayed. It opened as such on August 10th, 1793.
The emperor Napoleon had the collections greatly expanded and this trend continued throughout the Restoration, Second Empire and Third Republic eras. In the 1980s the French president, Francois Mitterrand, planned various construction projects, including the renovation of the Louvre. The architect Ieoh Ming Pei designed the glass and steel pyramid that now stands in the courtyard. This was later mirrored by an inverted version below, which acts as a skylight for the Carrousel du Louvre and its underground shopping mall.
Today the Louvre is the home of hundreds of thousands of artefacts ranging from prehistory to contemporary times. Here you can view masterpieces such as the Winged Victory of Samothrace, the Venus de Milo and, of course, Leonardo da Vinci’s legendary Mona Lisa, whose enigmatic smile continues to fascinate all who see her.
After visiting the Louvre you might consider relaxing amidst the verdure and sculptures gracing the adjoining Tuileries garden, or perhaps browsing the shops or enjoying a meal in the Carrousel du Louvre.
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In upcoming posts we will have plenty more suggestions, information and exclusive special offers for you, so please drop by regularly, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Hotel Louvre Bons Enfants.
Picture copyright holder : Tourist office Paris - Photographer David Lefranc - Architecte (pyramide) Ieoh Ming Peï