February 2, 2008

The merger of classical and ultra-modern architectures - Louvre Museum, Paris

Location: Louvre Museum, Paris, France (48°51′39″N 2°20′09″E)
Date: 26 February 2006; 11.36pm

Camera: Canon 300D with kit kens
The Louvre Museum is supposedly the most visited (and famous) museum in the world. It housed some of the world's best known art pieces such as Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa and Alexandros of Antioch's Venus de Milo. It started out as a fortress in the 13th century, evolving into a palace, then current-day museum.
Apart from its immense and excellent collection, the museum is also well-known for its iconic series of glass pyramids, the biggest of which serves as the entrance to the museum. The pyramids, designed by the famous architect, I.M.Pei were controversial right from the start, with such a futuristic edifice seemingly out of place together with the classical French architecture. However it soon earns its place as one of the most recognisable icon of Paris, much like the Eiffel Tower.
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1 comment:

John Maslowski said...

Great shot. I really love that glass pyramid, fantastic details and reflections. Great image.