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The Louvre

The following items must NOT be missed:

Galerie d’Apollon – This is where the French Crown Jewels are kept. The ceiling and walls in this room are unbelievable. Look at the Objets d’art in the glass cases. They only allow a limited number of people in the room at a time. If there is a line, just wait. If it is closed the day you go, make sure you go back. Room #66 on the 1st floor!
The Regent Diamond - 140.64 metric carats

This diamond was discovered in India in 1698 and acquired by Thomas Pitt, Governor of Madras, who sent it to England where it was cut. The Regent purchased it from Pitt for the French Crown in 1717. This diamond is in the Apollo Gallery

Hyacinthe Rigaud 1659-174

Portrait of Louis XIV (1638-1715)

This painting was supposed to be a gift to Philip V, grandson of Louis XIV and King of Spain. This portrait of the Sun King was considered so fine at the Court of Versailles that it remained in France.

Leonardo da Vinci 1452-151

The Mona Lisa also known as La Gioconda

Above - "Victory of Samothrace"
Circa 190 BC
Grey Lartos marble for the ship, Paros marble for the statue
H 328 cm (including the wings)
Above - "Venus de Milo" and Chris Sullivan

Melos (the Cyclades islands) Circa 100 BC Marble H 202 cm

Marley Courtyard & Cour Puget – These used to be open courtyards. They are now covered with a glass top and put have some great original statues in there. They are from Louis XIV’s Marley retreat/palace. The palace was destroyed during the French Revolution. The statues were dispersed all over France and they have been trying to Gather them and display them here. They are the original statues from the late 1600’s. There are cast copies of them in the Tuileries Gardens
Antoine Coysevox 1640-1720
Fame Riding Pegasus
Antoine Coysevox 1640-1720
Mercury riding Pegasus
Michelangiolo Buonarroti known as Michelangelo
1475-1564
Slaves
Rome
1513-1515
 

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