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The Louvre Museum


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An art paradise

Translated by Beth Taylor — 6 months ago

Original text by Laura Garcia Martinez

Hello! I'm going to tell you all about my visit to one of the most visited museums in the world: The Louvre, an incredible opportunity to soak up art and history, but before that, I have some advice to give.

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  1. Get to the museum early

    if you want to see lots of things, since the lines to get in get huge and waiting in them is a huge waste of time.

  2. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes

    because you'll be doing a lot of walking.

  3. Charge your camera fully

    you can even take a spare battery that has a lot of charge, if not, you'll regret all of the photo opportunities you miss.

An art paradise

Our visit started off in a long queue to get in, once we'd finally managed to get in, entry cost 15 euros, even though it is free to get in for citizen of the European Union between the ages of 15 and 25, that didn't apply to us. Once we'd bought our tickets we picked up a map, at first I couldn't make any sense of it as it was almost as big as me when I unfolded it. I didn't actually think the museum could be that big, I had to annotate it, so I took out my pen and we marked off where we went in the museum on the map, so we wouldn't go over the same place twice.

We visited absolutely everything on the first floor, among them was Leonardo da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa. I definitely didn't expect it to be anything special, it's just a painting and that is all it was. I think there are things in the museum that are much more special, because of their history or simply because they are more beautiful. For me, the Mona Lisa is nothing more than a painting who's fame precedes it, either because the eyes seem to look out of the canvas at you, because of its creator's fame or the story about the woman who inspired it, it definitely is not one my favourites.

I think that one of the things that most caught my eye were the ceilings, they were full of colours and paintings, and were incredible. Things like this made it difficult to know where to look. No matter how much you run around the museum to see everything. It's indisputable that one day is not enough to see everything or even to see what you'd like to see. Some of my favourite exhibitions were the Greek ceramics room and the Etruscan and Roman antiquities.

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I loved the statues, they were perfect and perfectly finished, it's hard to believe that something so old has been preserved in such a perfect state, the museum has a lot of sections that are even divided by country history, such as sections for Italian, Germany or Spain, the section for the Near East is incredible with all of its mummies and sarcophagi.

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There is no doubt that it has become one of the most visited museums in the world and that it's among the best of them, people could spend hours talking about it, I know I could, but it won't do it true justice, it's somewhere really worth visiting.

For those who love art and history: "Welcome to Paradise".

An art paradise

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