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In Louvre - A Paris Wrap-Up
WHAT: Cityscapes & Landscapes, Travel   |   WHEN: May 22, 2010

I spent the last night in Paris outside the Louvre, and it truly is breathtaking.  I mentioned on Facebook that few things genuinely amaze me anymore, but the Louvre, especially as night time fell and the lights came on, genuinely amazed me.  The photos below don't do justice to this place.  It's scale is massive, and it's architectural  and aesthetic prowess is even massiver.  Yes, massiver.  It's ornateness is something to marvel; so much so that it's unfathomable to me how it was even designed and built in phases hundreds of years ago.  I mean seriously, we can't even make a roof that lasts 20 years these days.

It started out as a fortress back in the 12th century and was then converted to a royal palace in the 14th century before finally being made into a public gallery at the end of the 18th century.  What's astounding is that the Louvre only occupies 3 wings of the former palace.  Incredible.  Oh, and in case you're interested, the glass pyramid which functions as the main entrance, wasn't added until 1989.  I can't tell you how much I was impressed by this place.

I've included just a few of the images from that evening below.  I got to the Louvre around 9:00 pm and had just over an hour of sunlight left.  It doesn't get dark in Paris until just after 10pm, which works out well for visitors trying to see as much as they can in a couple days.. 

By the way, in case you've never seen it and don't think you'll ever get there, I created a very quick iPhone video to show it to you.  Here's the Louvre in 7 seconds.  In case that's too quick for you, here's some images you can peruse at your own pace.





This next one was actually just outside the Metro station before walking into the main grounds of the Louvre.




Sorry, this was left over from the day before.  Not at all related to the Louvre; just seeing if you were paying attention.



If you look towards the bottom of the middle opening in the arc monument below, you can see the much bigger Arc de Triumph way far away in the distance.




One of the many outside corridors.



I used my 14-24mm wide angle lens at 14mm to get the image below of the intersection of two corridors.




An abstract image of the glass pyramid support structure rods.






I really like this image looking over the water at the base of the pyramid.









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