Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Stop 9 : Louvre & Opera Garnier - Paris Part II

What is going to Paris without checking out a "Musee"? Muse d'Lourve or Lourve museum certainly the best museum I'd ever seen (apart from the crowd). This museum certainly has rivalled British museum in London is many ways.

The museum was huge, my feet was sore badly after spending the whole morning till afternoon trying to cover the extensive collection with no success.

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It owns anything you can think of, from egyptian statue...

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Beutiful stately heritage...

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to collection of painting masterpieces...

Here my husband take a picture with "wedding in canaan". In front of this there is even worse crowd around "Monalisa" by Leonardo da Vinci.
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According to Wikipedia, The Musée du Louvre contains more than 380,000 objects and displays 35,000 works of art in eight curatorial departments.

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After a tiring afternoon, we took a brief 1 hour nap, and go out to town again at around 8pm. And guess what, Louvre looks even better at night! (And no crowd as well!).

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The Louvre Palace is an almost rectangular structure, composed of the square Cour Carrée and two wings which wrap the Cour Napoléon to the north and south. In the heart of the complex is the Louvre Pyramid, above the visitor's center. The museum is divided into three wings: the Sully Wing to the east, which contains the Cour Carrée and the oldest parts of the Louvre; the Richelieu Wing to the north; and the Denon Wing, which borders the Seine to the south.

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You can even see Eiffel from here!
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Okay, lets move on to much quieter place. The Palais Garnier, also known as the Opéra de Paris or Opéra Garnier, but more commonly as the Paris Opéra, is a 2,200-seat opera house on the Place de l'Opéra in Paris, France, which was the primary home of the Paris Opera from 1875 until 1989. A grand landmark designed by Charles Garnier in the Neo-Baroque style, it is regarded as one of the architectural masterpieces of its time.

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The Palais is opulently decorated with elaborate multicolored marble friezes, columns, and lavish statuary, many of which portray the deities from Greek mythology. Between the columns of the theatre's front façade, there are bronze busts of many of the great composers, Mozart, Rossini, Daniel Auber, Beethoven, Meyerbeer, Fromental Halévy, Spontini, and Philippe Quinault.

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The interior consists of interweaving corridors, stairwells, alcoves and landings allowing the movement of large numbers of people and space for socializing during intermission. Rich with velvet, gold leaf, and cherubim and nymphs, the interior is characteristic of Baroque sumptuousness.

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I can image queen and kings in their royal gown walking around this Grand Foyer.

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I'll shall be uploading my Versailles pictures pretty soon. I am sorry the editting took so long!

7 comments:

uLi.佑莉 said...

Very beautiful places and pictures :) Can't wait to see more ;)

Snowcatcher said...

Your night photography is superb, and you've done an excellent job with the available light indoors, as well. Makes me want to go visit!

Ayie said...

hi! thanks for sharing all these architecture beauties

take care!

AG said...

woww.... so delicate! Moga2 suatu hari nanti ada rejeki, bisa ke sonooo, huhuhuhuhuuhu

Aubrey said...

Gorgeous photography! Hope you are doing well! Have a wonderful weekend!

HOPE said...

Breath taking photos...

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Cath J said...

amazing....