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Louvre Pyramid, Paris

Louvre Pyramid, Paris

The iconic glass pyramid entrance to the Louvre is a testament to the lasting fascination of the French with ancient Egypt, and perhaps the first thing associated with the Louvre in the eyes of the numerous tourists visiting Paris these days.

Initially considered a bit too futuristic and arousing concerns over its expedience and extravagance (as being too big or too glassy), this pyramid nonetheless has played well the role of a “beacon” for visitors, just as intended. Amid the debate as to whether the Louvre's great size demanded multiple smaller entrances, instead of just one big, to ensure getting in and out quicker, the idea of the Grand Louvre pyramid being more than just a gate but a statement of the national power and greatness had prevailed.

Whether a fan of the pyramid or not, you can't help appreciating its sheer engineering splendor, simultaneously projecting the image of both solidness and immateriality. Just like the one of Giza, the pyramid of Louvre has the golden mean proportions. It is made of the specially laminated glass which has no distinct greenish tinge present in the commercially available glass and thus ensures minimum color distortion when looking through it at the Louvre’s facade. Wednesdays and Fridays, as well as on the first Saturday of the month, the museum stays open through the night and the pyramid goes ablaze when all the lights are on. It is then that the idea of the pyramid giving the Louvre a very special touch becomes most sparkling.

To mark the pyramid's 30th anniversary in 2019, Californian artist JR created a collaborative piece of art generating a giant optical illusion in which the pyramid would disappear underground. Luckily, that was just an entertainment stunt, and the real pyramid is still in place. However, if you wish to double check, just visit the Louvre whenever you're in Paris, and see for yourself!

Hours:
Mon, Thu, Sat, Sun: 9am-6pm; Wed, Fri: 9am-9:45pm

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Sight Name: Louvre Pyramid
Sight Location: Paris, France
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark

Walking Tours in Paris, France

Create Your Own Walk in Paris

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Champs-Elysees Nightlife

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A haven for the arts in Europe, with its influence felt worldwide, Paris boasts a steady stream of visitors to its fine city. After dark, guests to the City of Light can enjoy a multitude of great nightlife establishments that is sure to appeal to anyone looking for a hot night on the town. Whether its live DJs spinning intense electronic beats or a live acoustic jazz band you’re looking for...  view more

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Le Marais Walking Tour

Le Marais Walking Tour

The district known to locals as "Le Marais" used to be a bourgeois area in the past and a major center of the Paris Jewish community that still exists today. Here, you will find different bookshops specializing in Jewish books, restaurants with traditional Jewish food and a synagogue. As one of the hippest neighborhoods in the city, it also has no shortage of narrow medieval streets,...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Paris Introduction Walk I

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The capital of France takes its name from the Celtic tribe of Parisii who, back in the Iron Age, around the 3rd century BC, settled near the river Seine. The Romans conquered the Parisii and established on their land a garrison town which, towards the end of the 5th century AD, fell to the Franks and flourished under their rule. Despite wars, revolutions and numerous social cataclysms, Paris had...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 Km or 3.6 Miles
Royal Paris Walking Tour

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The capital of France is made up of 20 administrative districts, commonly referred to as “arrondissements”. The 1st arrondissement of Paris sits mainly on the right bank of the River Seine and is the home of royal palaces and lush gardens. This self guided walk explores Jardin des Tuileries, Palais-Royal, La Conciergerie and many other prominent sights.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 Km or 2.7 Miles
Latin Quarter Walking Tour

Latin Quarter Walking Tour

The 5th arrondissement of Paris, also known as the Latin Quarter, is the city's oldest neighborhood. Its name came from the Middle Ages due to the presence of universities where Latin was commonly spoken by students and members of the clergy. Aside from several beautiful Medieval churches that are well worth a visit, the presence of said universities and students also brought some lively...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Historical Religious Sights Walking Tour

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Paris is one of the cities that can fairly be considered a religious destination because of the number of churches that one is able to visit here. Reports show that, for instance, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, recorded 13.65 million visits in 2006, and the number is increasing every year. This is a self guided walk that includes some of the most beautiful Christian relics located in the center...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles

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