You don’t have enough time, this museum is too big, you don’t want to walk too much or you get quickly bored in a museum : No worries! Here is an express visit of the Louvre. We will first skip the line and reach the Mona Lisa in 5 minutes ! With Curiozytour you will also avoid the lines in the bathroom !
For this visit to the Louvre Museum which lasts 75 minutes we will see obviously the essential works that are located in the Denon wing. If we have time we will make a jump in the Richelieu wing through the Sully wing. Thus, we will be able to visit in part the three wings of the Louvre museum.
This route includes the medieval Louvre, Greek and Roman antiquities, French and Italian paintings.
The works seen in priority will be: The Mona Lisa, the Venus of Milo, the Victory of Samothrace, the grande gallery, the Wedding of Cana, the Coronation of Napoleon, Liberty guiding the people, the gallery of Apollo. And more … if we have time left.
The Louvre Museum was created in 1793 during the French Revolution. It was turn in fortress, royal palace, seat of academies, artists’ residence, Ministry of Finance.
The origin of the Louvre goes back to the 1200s. While King Philip II Augustus prepares to go on a crusade, he asks the Parisians to build a wall to protect the city during his absence. The danger came from the west, from Normandy, then English possession. Besides, Philip Augustus goes on a crusade with his best enemy, the king of England Richard lion’s heart. It is at the return of this crusade that Richard will be held prisoner in Austria (see Robin Hood with Errol Flynn). The Louvre is then a fortress forming part of the enclosure of Philippe Auguste. Subsequently, the Louvre will be used as a prison, a library, the royal treasury will be kept there and finally King Charles V will make his residence during the 100 year war, around 1360. Indeed, Charles V enlarged the limits of Paris by building a new wall on the right bank. The Louvre is then found in the heart of the city and loses any function of fortress.
Having become the main royal residence in Paris, the Louvre will undergo a revival at the time of Francis I around 1530. The fortress is destroyed and replaced by a royal palace of Renaissance style. The work will not stop until the 20th century. Under Henry II will be built the Caryatids room and his wife, Catherine de Medici, built outside the boundaries of Paris a new castle: the Tuileries. From Henri IV, around 1590, the project will be to bring the Louvre to the Tuileries.
Several kings and emperors will contribute to the grand project and it is finally the president François Mitterrand who will complete the works started under François Ier.
THE LOUVRE IN FIGURES
400,000 works of art
Only 35,000 are exposed
In 2018 the museum received 10 million visitors.
Every day, there are an average of 15,000 visitors.
On busy days they are nearly 35,000.
95% of visitors especially want to see the Mona Lisa and famous works such as the Venus de Milo, the Victory of Samothrace or the coronation of Napoleon …
Museum area: 153,090 m2
Building area: 210,000 m2
Roof area: 68,000 m2
There are a total of 403 exhibition halls covering an area of 68,000m2.
The total distance of the museum is 14,5 Km.
10,000 is the number of steps.
PRICE : 200€ + 17€ for each tickets. Free admission for under 18 years.
This tour doesn't include entrance tickets +17€ for each
This tour includes :
Leonardo Da Vinci paintings : Mona Lisa and more
Greek antiques : Venus de Milo and Samothrace Niké