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Silhouettes of the glass pyramids

The Pei Pyramids in Paris had created quite a stir when they were commissioned in 1984. Some find their modern edifice rather odd in front of the Louvre Museum with its classical architecture. Others laud the juxtaposition of contrasting architectural styles as a successful merger of the old and the new. As for me, I just stood there awestruck looking at them outlined against the setting sun. Wow!

 Pei Pyramids, Glass Pyramid, Luovre Museum, Paris

 Pei Pyramids, Glass Pyramid, Luovre Museum, Paris

 Pei Pyramids, Glass Pyramid, Luovre Museum, Paris

 Pei Pyramids, Glass Pyramid, Luovre Museum, Paris

 Pei Pyramids, Glass Pyramid, Luovre Museum, Paris

Well, there is a practical purpose behind it after all. The main glass pyramid was created along with the underground lobby because the Louvre’s original main entrance could no longer handle the huge number of visitors everyday. So, now, you enter through the pyramid, descend into the spacious lobby and then re-ascend into the main Louvre buildings. The main Pyramid is countered by two smaller pyramids, which provide further light and ventilation to the subterranean spaces.

It is a complex inter-linked steel structure sheathed in reflective glass, designed by I.M.Pei. There’s a myth that the glass panes in the Louvre Pyramid numbered exactly 666 at President Mitterrand’s explicit demand. This has always been a hot topic among conspiracy buffs who claimed 666 was the number of Satan..yeah reminds me of the sequence in the Da Vinci Code. The Louvre museum however has put the official number as 673. So, there.

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26 comments on “Silhouettes of the glass pyramids

  1. monkeymuesli
    August 24, 2012

    beautiful pictures!!

  2. Mary
    August 24, 2012

    Beautiful photos!

    • Deepali
      August 25, 2012

      Thanks, Mary. Glad you stopped by.

  3. The Retiring Sort
    August 25, 2012

    Stunning!

  4. Amy
    August 25, 2012

    I’m in awe! Stunning shots!

  5. Lynne Ayers
    August 25, 2012

    Like that first one best. :)

    • Deepali
      August 26, 2012

      My favorite too. That’s from where I got the first glimpse of Louvre.

  6. Jo Bryant
    August 26, 2012

    such a nice series…one day I hope to make it there

    • Deepali
      August 27, 2012

      Thanks a lot, Jo. Do visit Paris whenever you can.. it’s gorgeous!

  7. eof737
    August 27, 2012

    Gorgeous. ;-)

  8. canoe & communications
    August 28, 2012

    beautiful to see the sunset through the glass pyramid

  9. ioanna aggelidaki
    September 2, 2012

    Lovely shots, very dreamy! :)

  10. restlessjo
    September 3, 2012

    These are stunning.

    • Deepali
      September 4, 2012

      Glad you think so, Jo and thanks a lot for following.

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  12. Jeni
    October 19, 2012

    Spectacular!

  13. galangpusa
    October 20, 2012

    Paris. How I wish to go back to your loving embrace again….

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  15. eof737
    October 20, 2012

    Glad to come back and admire this again! :-)

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