Outside the Louvre

There’s so much to see when you visit the Louvre in Paris that it is almost impossible to capture it all.  I did try my best, though.

So, before you actually get inside the Louvre – what is there to see on the outside?

A Grand Approach (Look! No cars)

Magnificent masonry

A window to a different world


Impressive as this building is, this is only really half of it.  The original palace looked something like this (sans cherubims, perhaps):

Place de Louvre et Place de Tuileries

Now that’s impressive.  The things you can do with old tile factories… amazing!!  Sadly, this was destroyed during the Paris Commune in 1871.  It’s a fortunate thing that the fire that destroyed the Tuileries didn’t spread any further.

The Louvre and Jardin des Tuileries from the Eiffel Tower

Once inside the Louvre, there are views of the outside – from the inside.

The queues, the queues…

…And all boarded up and part of some palatial renovations – barely seen by many (unless you’re like me and can’t resist a peak out of a window) – are these guardians to an inner courtyard:

For previous posts of the Louvre Pyramid – click here and here.

À la prochaine…

14 thoughts on “Outside the Louvre

  1. Great photos! I was in Paris for a day a few years ago so sadly didn’t make it inside the Louvre, so will have to make another trip!
    Recently came across your blog, aspiring to become a travel journalist one day so I’m very envious of your travels!


    1. Hi murcoyne – and thank you so much for your kind comments! It’s great to hear that you want to be a travel journalist – whether professionally, or just for fun, I hope that it all works out for you 🙂

  2. gorgeous artwork and architecture, amazing shots! 🙂 a question though: how come there arent any cars at the grand entrance (first photo)? or is it a strictly for pedestrians. or was it one of your lucky strike shot again? 😀 okay, thats 3 questions, sorry >_< i love how you capture the lourve from the outside, its beautiful!

    1. Thanks so much 🙂
      It was indeed a lucky strike shot! There were lots of taxis and cars pulling up, hanging around and then pulling off again… I’m a patient girl 🙂

  3. I’ve been lucky enough to see the outside of the Louvre twice but it was never open so I’m really looking forward to seeing the inside one day. Perfect place for photographers!

    1. Hi James – There is certainly so much to see and photograph… fingers crossed you get the opportunity to go inside next time 🙂

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