29 12 2012

My French Quest

Musée du Louvre

This week my daughter Lorin was visiting me for the holidays.  Lorin is working on her Masters in western European History so I had my own personal tour guide to museums, monuments, crypts and regions of France.  Of course no historian’s trip to Paris is complete without a visit to the Louvre.

The Louvre was originally a medieval castle built in 1190 by Philip Auguste.  At that time, Paris was the largest city in Europe and a wall was built around it to protect from Anglo-Norman threat.   Most of this fortress was destroyed when the city of Paris began to expand, but was rediscovered in the 1980’s when the Louvre was remodeled with I.M. Pei’s famous “pyramids”.

The Louvre became the residence of French kings following the reign of Charles V until Louis XIV decided to live at the Palace of Versailles instead. It has seen many…

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