Musée du Louvre
The Louvre is the most important of Paris’ major museums, and it was formerly the abode of France’s rulers. Visitors enter the museum through the glass pyramid in the palace’s courtyard (designed by Ieoh Ming Pei in 1917). From antiquities to European paintings from the 15th to 19th century, the Louvre houses 35,000 works of art (many of which are regarded masterpieces).
It is impossible to view everything in one visit, but visitors can concentrate on one gallery, such as classical sculpture, Italian Renaissance art, or 17th-century French paintings, or take a self-guided tour to see the highlights of the Louvre Museum.
The Mona Lisa, also known as La Gioconda (or La Joconde in French), was painted by Leonardo da Vinci between 1503 and 1505. Many visitors rush through the museum only to view this one artwork, but even if time is short, there are many more must-see works of art to admire.
The ancient Venus de Milo sculpture, the monumental Victory of Samothrace from the Hellenistic period, Veronese’s Wedding Feast at Cana painting (1563), Botticelli’s Young Lady with Venus and the Graces fresco, and Eugène Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People (1831), depicting the Parisian uprising of July 1830, are all highlights of the Louvre.
Tourists should take a guided tour of the Louvre to get the most out of their visit. The Louvre Museum Skip the Line Tour leads visitors directly to the museum’s most iconic works of art, such as the Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa. A guide (who is an art expert) delivers in-depth comments about the masterpieces throughout this three-hour tour.
The Jardin des Tuileries, one of Paris’ most beautiful parks, surrounds the Louvre on one side. The Tuileries Gardens were designed by renowned landscape architect André Le Nôtre in the 17th century traditional French style, with carefully maintained trees, statues, and pathways. Visitors are invited to relax and enjoy the scenery on park benches and café-restaurants with outdoor seating.