Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Louvre Museum

This is one of the most controversial structure that was ever designed & built in Paris.

When it was first constructed, it faced a lot of opposition. I mean I do see the point, what's a futuristic Star Wars thing like this doing in a historical place like this?

But then again, the resulting contrast is a work of a genius. And that genius is this uncle here, I.M. Pei.

"The solid is for the dead, but the transparent is for the living."

Hmm. Uncle Pei really has a point there.

The glass pyramid was built originally to house the new underground entrance to the Louvre Museum as it's old entrance was not structurally sound anymore to carry the weight of the millions of visitors every year, especially the Americans who grew up on McDonald's.
This is King Louis XIV who was partly responsible for transforming the Louvre into one of the grandest palaces in Europe.

It's hard to imagine that a naked person on a wild horse would have such refined taste.

You'd really have to be there to experience the grandeur of the place.

The vastness of the courtyard is really overwhelming. You could tell that the successive kings who stayed here really splurged like nobody's business.

This is really spending until no manners.

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