Photographer's Note

In the background is the Louvre museum more people visit here in a year than any other museum in the world, sat on the right bank of the Seine, the museum opened on 10 August 1793 with an exhibition of 537 paintings, however the museum was closed from 1796 until 1801 due to structural problems.
Due to the size of the museums collection, built up by Napoleon, Louis XVIII, Charles X and the Second Empire, also through the two great wars & there after, As of 2008, the collection is divided among eight curatorial departments: Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Paintings, and Prints and Drawings.

In the foreground is the more modern piece of work, the Glass Pyramid, commissioned by then French president François Mitterrand in 1984, it was designed by the architect I. M. Pei,The structure, which was constructed entirely with glass segments, reaches a height of 20.6 meters (about 70 feet); its square base has sides of 35 meters (115 ft). It consists of 603 rhombus-shaped and 70 triangular glass segments, the work was finished in 1989.

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Additional Photos by Wilson Beckett (jaywalker) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3111 W: 140 N: 3130] (16105)
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