enormous building, constructed around 1200 as a fortress and
rebuilt in the mid-16th century for use as a royal palace,
began its career as a public museum in 1793. As part of Mitterand's
grands projets, the Louvre was revamped in the 1980s with
the addition of a 21-metre glass pyramid entrance. Initially
a failure, the new design has since won over those who regard
consistency as inexcusably boring.
of people puff and pant through the rooms full of paintings,
and antiquities, including the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and
Winged Victory (which looks like it's been dropped and
put back together). If the clamour becomes unbearable, your
bet is to pick a period or section of the Louvre and pretend
that the rest is somewhere across town.
Hubert Robert's great
work was the realization of the Louvre Museum. A comparison of
two of his paintings, the first showing a ruined
barrel-vault hall, and the second the Grande Galerie in the Louvre,
immediately reveals the source of the idea for the top lighting
and the "antique effect" that the newly designed gallery
is open to the sky. The sublimity of antique ruins was to be transferred
to the real building, and this in turn was to be a treasure chest
of art and a worthy successor to its antique models.
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at the beginning of the century, the Little palace hotel's
façade is in the architectural style of the roaring
twenties: carved stones and balconies with marble columns.
Recently renovated, air-conditioned. In its sunny restaurant,
open from Monday until Friday midday and overlooking the
green Arts et Métiers Square. The bar is almost
like a museum where guests can admire the unique stained
glass windows and ceiling.
Hotel Little Palace, Located in the heart of Paris, offers
a rare privilege: the peace of a garden. The hotel is just
a stone's throw away from Les Halles, between Le Marais
and the Louvre Museum, and is close to the Stock Exchange
and the Sentier business centres.