The Louvre started its life as a 12th century fortress but as as the city around it began to grow, it started to lose its sense of purpose and, after a few cosmetic surgeries, it became a luxuriant palace for the kings of France. Having witnessed the age of Enlightenment and the French Revolution, it is now geared to the future. Considered worldwide to be “the crème de la crème” of museums, the Louvre receives over 10 million visitors every year and, of course, houses one of the world’s most famous smiles, belonging to the Mona Lisa :)
The Palais du Louvre, which became a museum after the Revolution in 1793, is the largest museum in the world. It has 73,000 m2 at its disposal to exhibit around 35,000 works of art from Antiquity to 1848 covering the Middle Ages and plethera of different civilizations. The collections are organised in 8 sections: Ancient Egyptian, Ancient Greek, Etruscan and Roman, Ancient Oriental regions, Islamic art, Paintings, Sculpture, Objets d’art and Graphic arts.
So where is it? Well it’s pretty difficult to miss as you can imagine. You will find it in Paris’ 1st arrondissement, the oldest district of the capital, where parking spaces are as elusive as that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. To avoid hunting around, there’s only one thing to do: book in to a car park nearby before you get there. We have done some bartering with 3 car parks in the area, to get you the best rates!
Louvre Samaritaine car park is 3 minutes from the entrance to the Louvre. Or, a little further, ten minutes’ walk away, are the Pyramides and Saint-Eustache car parks.
The Louvre is a ‘must’ on any visit to Paris and needs time for exploring. So don’t rush it! It isn’t just confined to the walls of the palace. The gardens of the Carrousel and the Tuileries are close by, the Eugène-Delacroix museum in the 6th arrondissement and the Gypsothèque in Versailles are all part of the Louvre family as well. Don’t waste your time tracking down parking for hours; book in advance with ParkingsdeParis and save yourself some money and hassle.
The Louvre – 75001 - Paris – open every day except Tuesday from 9am to 6pm, late opening until 9:45pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Further information : www.louvre.fr