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The Louvre Museum is one of the most famous museums in the world, a symbol of Paris, carefully preserving its cultural heritage. Established in August, 1793. The museum building is a former royal residence. I will tell you what is interesting to see in the Louvre, how to get to it, the cost of tickets, excursions, etc.

What do we know about the Louvre

The museum in Paris covers an area of ​​160,000 m². The collection consists of 300 thousand pieces of art. Only a tenth of it is represented to visitors. The exposition is so large that I had to open branches in the city of Lance (France) and Abu Dhabi and transfer some art objects there. In Paris, the museum is divided into 8 sectors.

1st – Ancient East. 100 thousand exhibits are stored here, covering the Neolithic period until the end of the 15th century. The sector is divided into 3 sections: Iran, the Mediterranean Sea, Mesopotamia. Pay attention to the stele with the laws of Hammurabi – this is what you need to see in the Louvre first. In addition to her, various clay tables, statues, sculptures are interesting.

Sector 2 – Ancient Egypt, consisting of rare pieces of Egyptian art. The department was created in the middle of the XIX century by the personal order of the French monarch Charles X – a true connoisseur of beautiful things. The collection was placed on the ground floor (from the 1st to the 19th halls). Mummies, papyrus, weapons, home decoration, jewelry and clothing hail from Ancient Egypt – not a complete list of what can be seen in the second sector.

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3rd sector – Greece, Enturia, Rome. Based on antique sculptures and statues. Chief among them is the immortal Venus of Milos. Thousands of other bronze, enamel and gemstone items are also featured.

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The famous “Venus de Milo”

The 4th sector is the art of the Islamic state. The collection includes magnificent products from ivory, metal, household items of Muslims.

5th sector – a collection of sculptures by European masters from antiquity until the XIX century.

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Gallery of antique sculptures

In the 6th sector, secular jewelry, furniture, religious decorations are stored, from the Middle Ages to the end of the XIX century.

The 7th sector is one of the most visited. In it you can see 6000 beautiful paintings. It is here that the famous “Mona Lisa”, “Freedom on the barricades” by L. Delacroix, “John the Baptist” by L. da Vinci, “The Lamella”, Juspe de Ribera are located.

The 8th sector is dedicated to graphic art. It presents 135,000 art objects: prints, drawings, illustrated books.

Louvre Museum: opening hours, address, how to get there

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It’s not so easy to get to Mona Lisa

Some practical information, without which it is impossible to plan a visit to the Louvre.

The official site of the Louvre Museum https://www.louvre.fr/

The museum is closed: January 1, May 1 and December 25 and every Tuesday. On Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, the museum is open from 9:00 to 18:00. Wednesday and Friday – from 9:00 to 21:45.

On the first Saturday of every month, from 18:00 to 21:45, the Louvre cordially opens its doors for free inspection of art. The promotion began to operate from January 2019 and will last until the end of December, and maybe longer.

The Louvre Museum is located on the Rue de Rivoli. It can be reached by two types of public transport:

No. 1. On metro lines 1, 7: exit to the Palais-Royal Musée du Louvre and line 14: exit to Pyramides.

No. 2. Bus routes No. 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95. Stop opposite the main entrance to the Louvre.

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Bicycle parking Vélib: No. 1015: 2 Place André Malraux, No. 1023: 165 Rue Saint-Honoré, No. 1014: 5 Rue de l’Echelle, No. 1013: 186 Rue Saint-Honoré


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Tickets to the Louvre: prices, how to buy skip-the-line tickets .

The Louvre Museum is the most visited museum in the world. There are always lines to enter the Louvre. You can spend 2-3 hours in line, therefore, it is better to buy tickets in advance. In this case, the specific time of entry to the museum will be indicated.

Ticket price to the Louvre: € 17-20. Additionally, you can take an audio guide for € 5, but there is no guide in Russian. You can download the Ma Visite mobile app for free, but Russian is also missing.

There are two ways to purchase tickets to the Louvre without a queue:

  • on the official website of the main Parisian museum, 17 € Registration is required on the site, confirmation of mail, and indeed a little confusing.
  • through the tiqets.com service , which I already talked about here . A ticket of € 3 is added to the ticket price.

The main advantage of the second method is that you need to register only once (you can even log in through your facebook account), and then buy tickets in 2 clicks. It also happens that there are no tickets on the official website for the time you need. But they may end up on tickets. With these tickets – the entrance through the Pyramid, in general, you do not need to stand. It is not necessary to print out a ticket; a QR code will be scanned from your smartphone screen.


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What to see in the Louvre: the most famous paintings and other works of art

Louvre Plan

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I saved the full plan of the Louvre with the location of the main works of art in a set of maps of Paris, you can download them for free through the subscription form at the end of the article.

Of course, in the Paris Museum there are not only paintings, but they are the pride of the Louvre. The cost of some paintings is simply fantastic. They are unique, fascinating. So, look at the Louvre?

Leonardo da Vanchi “Mona Lisa . Estimated cost – $ 2.5 billion. The painting depicts the wife of a fabric salesman, Francesco del Giocondo. The girl’s name was Lisa Gerardini. Her portrait, now famous by the artist, was painted between 1503-1519. The exact date is unknown. An interesting fact: the picture will always be in the Louvre. The management of the museum decided not to move it anywhere. Unfortunately, the canvas is not in the best condition today. If you want to look at Mona Lisa, come to the 1st floor of the Louvre, in the 6th hall of the Denon gallery.

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“Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vinci

Titian “A woman in front of a mirror . Creation date – 1515. Location – 7th Hall, Denon Gallery. According to one version, the beloved Violanta posed for the master, according to another – the famous French courtesan Laura Dianti. Oil painting, genre – historical painting.

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Titian “A Woman in Front of a Mirror” (source: wikipedia)

Rafael’s The Beautiful Gardener , written between 1504-1508. The picture clearly shows the characteristic features of the master’s work – serenity, naturalness, uncomplicated plot, rich, but calm tones. It is stored in the 75th hall of the Denon Gallery.

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Rafael’s The Beautiful Gardener (source: wikipedia)

Hyacinth Rigaud “Louis XIV” – a portrait of the great Sun King. The canvas was painted in 1701. The painting was stored in the monarch’s private library for a long time, and only at the end of the 18th century turned into one of the Louvre exhibits. The portrait was pompous. The author wanted to fully depict the greatness of Louis. Look for a picture on the 2nd floor, in room number 34.

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Hyacinth Rigaud “Louis XIV” (source: https://muzei-mira.com)


Albrecht Durer “Portrait of an Artist with a Thistle” – an interesting picture. Self portrait. Personalizes love and devotion to the Lord. In the upper part of the canvas there is an inscription: “My actions are predetermined from above.” The painting, created in 1493, is located on the 2nd floor, room 11.

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Albrecht Durer “Portrait of an Artist with a Thistle” (source: https://muzei-mira.com/)

Antonello da Messina “Christ at the Pillar . Date of creation – between 1475 and 1479 year. A vivid example of classic Italian painting. The canvas is small – 29 * 21 cm). Despite this, the image was saturated. Jesus, who turned his eyes to heaven with tears in his eyes, symbolizes humility and limitless devotion to higher powers.

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Antonello da Messina “Christ at the Pillar” (source: https://fountravel.ru/shedevry-luvra)


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In conclusion, I want to say: if you have planned a visit to the Louvre, wear comfortable shoes. Happy viewing!

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