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Louvre

Louvre Architect
Louvre Architect

Over the centuries, starting in the 12th century, the Louvre has been revised, updated, and transformed. There are several Louvre architects.

In the 12th century under Phillipe II Auguste (r. 1180-1223), known as the "maker of Paris" the Louvre palace was built to house the royal family. This was the era of French Gothic architecture and the development of European scholasticism; while Rome was the religious center of Western Europe, Paris became the intellectual center. Although the original Louvre is called a "palace" its function was a defensive fortress at the ramparts of Paris; with a moat, narrow gates, and defensive towers. This medieval fortress can be seen in the background of the October page of Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, by the Limbourg Brothers.

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Louvre Pronunciation
Louvre Pronunciation

Over the centuries, starting in the 12th century, the Louvre has been revised, updated, and transformed. There are several Louvre architects.

In the 12th century under Phillipe II Auguste (r. 1180-1223), known as the "maker of Paris" the Louvre palace was built to house the royal family. This was the era of French Gothic architecture and the development of European scholasticism; while Rome was the religious center of Western Europe, Paris became the intellectual center. Although the original Louvre is called a "palace" its function was a defensive fortress at the ramparts of Paris; with a moat, narrow gates, and defensive towers. This medieval fortress can be seen in the background of the October page of Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, by the Limbourg Brothers.

If English is your first language, "Louvre" is difficult to pronounce correctly. We just don't have those rolled r's that you find in French, Spanish, Italian. French is full of words that end with consonant-r-e (and sometimes a silent s). For example, oeuvre, Louvre, Chartres, Ingres. Louvre is pronounced, in French, as one syllable, with a soft but audible, slightly guttural, "r" after the v.

If you can't roll your r's, the solution is to either drop the r, pronouncing it loove, OR, to break it into two syllables, LOO-vruh. Neither of these solutions is very elegant, but will get your point across. The best thing to do is practice rolling your r's.

Listen to the Louvre pronunciation here:

Louvre

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Louvre Hours

If you're headed to Paris, you'll want to know the opening hours of the Louvre.

The Louvre is open every day except Tuesday.

The regular daytime hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On Wednesdays and Fridays, the Louvre closes at 9:45 p.m. 

The Louvre is closed January 1, May 1, December 25.

(For the latest information, check the Louvre's website).

The entrance hours to the Louvre are:

- Pyramid and Galerie du Carrousel entrances: from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

- Passage Richelieu entrance: from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

- Porte des Lions entrance: from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except Friday.

 

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Louvre Tickets
Louvre Tickets

If you're headed to Paris, you'll want to know the opening hours of the Louvre.

The Louvre is open every day except Tuesday.

The regular daytime hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On Wednesdays and Fridays, the Louvre closes at 9:45 p.m. 

The Louvre is closed January 1, May 1, December 25.

(For the latest information, check the Louvre's website).

The entrance hours to the Louvre are:

- Pyramid and Galerie du Carrousel entrances: from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

- Passage Richelieu entrance: from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

- Porte des Lions entrance: from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except Friday.

 

Like most museums, you can get your entrance tickets at the door. However, thousands of people visit the Louvre every day, so you might want to get your tickets in advance.

You can get your tickets to the Louvre from the following:

At these Louvre entrances: Pyramid, Porte des Lions or Galerie du Carrousel entrances.

At many large retailers in France, including: Auchan, Bon Marché, Carrefour, Cora, Cultura, Fnac, Galeries Lafayette, Leclerc, Printemps Haussmann, and Virgin.

Online from ticketweb or FNAC. Note: allow delivery time for online ticket purchases. More information about online Louvre tickets

As of February 2012, the advertised ticket price for the Louvre is 10  for the Permanent Exhibit, 11  for the Temporary, or 14  for both.

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