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The Louvre houses a wonderful Islamic Art collection

One of the oldest and the most majestic museums in the world, the Louvre is a must visit site for those visiting Paris. Located inside the expansive Louvre Palace in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, the Louvre was established as a medieval fortress and gradually started evolving as a public art museum in the late 18th century. Today the Louvre is one of the most visited museums in the world. The main appeal of the museum is the world renowned portrait of Mona Lisa.

 

The Louvre opened to the public in 1793 and has eight thematic galleries with over 35,000 pieces of art work. The art collection in these galleries dates from the ancient times till the modern period. Some of the permanent collections include masterpieces by Da Vinci, Delacroix, Vermeer and Rubens.

The section on Near Eastern Antiquities has been devoted to the ancient civilizations of the Near East. The artifacts in this gallery include those from the first settlements till the rise of Islam.

The Department of Egyptian Antiquities has relics from the civilizations that emerged in the Nile Valley from the late prehistoric era.

The Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities illustrate artwork from the Greek, Etruscan, and Romancivilizations. The exhibits range from the 4th millennium BCE to the 6th century AD.

There is an Islamic arts collection at the museum. This gallery has a wonderful collection of ceramics, glass, wood, metalware, ivory, carpet, textiles, and miniatures.

The gallery on sculptures was opened in 1824 and boasts of modern sculptures.

The Department of Decorative Arts has a large collection of various objects including bronze, jewelry, ivory, furniture and ceramics.The Department of Paintings has a huge collection of paintings. The gallery on Prints and Drawings has been dedicated to different works of papers including drawings, miniatures and pastels.

The museum also hosts a number of temporary exhibits highlighting specific artists or movements. The museum is open every day excepting on Tuesday.

The closest masjid to the Louvre is the Grand Masjid of Paris in the 5th arrondissement. There are a number of halal restaurants in the 1st arrondissement where travelers can find fast food and also a range of Mediterranean, Asian and European cuisines.

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France Info

ADMINISTRATIVE / COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Paris

GEOGRAPHY

France is situated on the western edge of Europe. Having an area of 547,030 square kilometres it is the largest area among European Union members.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 65.8 Million. Muslims account for about 10% of the population.

CLIMATE

The climate in France varies depending on the regions. A mediterranean climate is found in the south east, in the west, the climate is predominantly oceanic with a high level of rainfall and freezing temperatures in the mountainous regions.

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Frechis the official language. English is widely used as well.

LOCAL TIME

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BUSINESS HOURS

General: 9 AM to 5 PM

HOLIDAYS

French National Holiday (Bastille Day): July 14th
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Christmas Day: December 25th

CURRENCY

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