Paris – Pyramid du Louvre

I M Pei’s sparkling masterpiece of an entrance – albeit controversial – to an abode of exquisite masterpieces. It is said that of the 8 million average annual visitors to the Louvre, nearly 50% come for the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and the Pyramid!The Louvre Pyramid at nightUntil next time…happy travels no matter where life takes you.

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on

112 thoughts on “Paris – Pyramid du Louvre

    1. Thank you Marina. Happy Friday to you too πŸ™‚
      (Its a couple of hours into Saturday here….better go find my bed!)

  1. Ih beautiful indeed – & I was thinking of all the fantastic places you’ve been and seen & photographied – what would you do! πŸ™‚ Beautiful. (& where have you been? Hope all is well)

  2. I wish I’d thought to take a picture of this at night. It’s stunning. And I love that you focused on the masterpiece outside instead of the one most see inside. Good thinking!

    1. It took considerable effort walking back there considering sunset is past 10.30 in summer! Hubby was very reluctant, but we were so glad we did make time. It was a full moon night and such a striking contrast to the chaos that surrounds the pyramid during working hours πŸ™‚

    1. Kind of you Christine πŸ™‚
      I am happy too with the way this turned out. I usually mess up night shots since I don’t carry a tripod.

    1. Just back from Paris Angeline. Meant to post a photo a day while I was there, but sunset past 10 30 pm wasn’t very conducive to blogging πŸ™‚

  3. yes, “it was worth the long walk back after dinner…” – perfect composition using the water as mirror! night shots fit your black website design – you are a designer 100%

    1. Oh thank you so much Frizz! That means a lot coming from you.
      Wish I didn’t mess up night shots as often as I do though. Too lazy to carry a tripod πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Tina. Loved your post too. Your photos are stunning.
      I dedicated separate posts to individual temples, even collaborating with a poet friend for Ta Phrom πŸ™‚

  4. That is a spectacular shot,my jetsetting friend! I’ve missed you, and I’m big-time glad to have you light up my blog-world again!

    Stay well…. stay lazy (this weekend)…

    Lots of love

  5. Stunning shot and entry Madhu and welcome back hon! Great to see your beautiful photo’s again. πŸ˜€ *hugs*

  6. Aaah! The Louvre! Spent all day inside this masterpiece! I’d have to say the night view is my preference as well! Stunning snapshot, Madhu! Welcome back! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Sylvia. I missed seeing it after dark on our last visit, so I made an extra effort to do it this time πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you. And I hope you will have time to see at least a few of the other great masterpieces Ledrake…..I much prefer the Vermeers to the Mona Lisa πŸ™‚

  7. I love the Louvre. As much for its exterior as for its interior. Those pools outside which make you think people are wading waist high in water- exquisite place. Very few places I would rather be.

  8. What can I say that hasn’t been said in the above? The perfect shot for the theme and one of your most dazzling. I’m still wondering what to do for my 65th later this year, and Paris just zoomed up the list. πŸ™‚

  9. That is an amazing photograph! I have been to Paris numerous times, but only once to the Louvre. I love art as much as I love architecture, and the European cities really are masterpieces in their own right. Always amazing things to look at and be inspired by.

  10. Oh boy, oh boy, I have the same shot – quite the same and have been keeping it for a special occasion, and now you have beaten me to it :D. I am sure you had a wonderful trip, Madhu πŸ™‚ Wonderful example of a masterpiece!

  11. Love the angle you chose to capture this architectural beauty. I think it is even more beautiful against the centuries’ old buildings surrounding it. Almost like a pristine pearl among diamonds or a white orchid among red roses.

  12. I do love this pyramid, controversial as it is! I.M. Pei has always been one of my favourite architects. Growing up, I used to stare out my bedroom window at his Bank of China Tower. To this day I don’t think any of Hong Kong’s newer skyscrapers can beat it for its understated style and simplicity.

    Seeing this makes me wish I made the effort to visit the Louvre at night. Next time…

  13. Have you been recently to Paris? I was there 3 weeks ago so maybe our paths crossed but the rivers of tourists didn’t let us see each other πŸ™‚
    Beautiful city. I love it.

  14. Stunning shot of this architectural jewel, Madhu – even better perhaps than the one (of yours) I’ve always thought of as the definitive pyramid shot. Controversy’s good for sales, eh? I wonder what people will be saying about the juxtaposition of the pyramid with the old buildings in another 60-100 years?

  15. Great that nobody around, or did you shoo them away? πŸ˜€ Ow, it is so beautiful at night. We were there in the am, and the inside was closed for that day we went. 😦

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