The Louvre, located in the center of Paris, is one of the most impressive and extensive collections of art in the world. It houses over 70,000 pieces of art spread out over more than 650,000 square feet. This enormous building houses paintings, drawings, sculptures, and many other relics from years long gone. To make their vast collection more manageable, the Louvre is divided into 8 departments:
- Near Eastern Antiquities
- Egyptian Antiquities
- Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities
- Islamic Art
- Decorative Arts
- Prints and Drawings
Among the vast collection on display at the Louvre, you will find a few that stand out from the crowd. These ultra-famous pieces of art include the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, Winged Victory of Samothrace, and the Great Sphinx of Tanis.
In addition to all the impressive art the Louvre holds, the building itself is not to be ignored. Originally constructed as a fortress in the 12th century, its grand rooms and vast hallways will inspire awe in anyone.
Visiting the Louvre was a humbling experience for me. I gained a much better appreciation and understanding of nations around the world and of thousands of years of history. I was in awe at the talent of so many people and cultures that came before me. Visiting the Louvre is a great way to better understand your place in the world and appreciate the people and cultures of history.
If you are studying abroad anywhere in Europe, a day at the Louvre is a must do. Paris is easily reached by the train from all parts of Europe due to its central location. Admission is 15€, but all European students get in free. So be sure to bring your visa or a European student ID to get into the Louvre completely free! (A Bearcat ID or other American student ID will not work) The Louvre is also free on the first Sunday of each month, if you’re not afraid to battle large crowds.
This glorious museum is well worth your time, so plan your trip now to see the largest collection of art in the world!
By Emma Mullins