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Pyramide du Louvre (Louvre Pyramid), Cour Napoléon, Palais du Louvre, Paris | by David McKelvey
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Pyramide du Louvre (Louvre Pyramid), Cour Napoléon, Palais du Louvre, Paris

The Louvre Pyramid (Pyramide du Louvre) is a large glass and metal pyramid, surrounded by three smaller pyramids, in the main courtyard (Cour Napoléon) of the Louvre Palace (Palais du Louvre) in Paris.

 

The large pyramid serves as the main entrance to the Louvre Museum. Completed in 1989, it has become a landmark of the city of Paris. The construction of the pyramid triggered considerable controversy because many people felt that the futuristic edifice looked quite out of place in front of the Louvre Museum with its classical architecture.

 

During the design phase, there was a proposal that the design include a spire on the pyramid to simplify window washing. This proposal was eliminated because of objections from I. M. Pei. Source: en.wikipedia.org

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Taken on April 5, 2013