The Louvre is the most amazing place in the world! This was built as a royal palace in the 12th century by Phillip II. When Henry XIV moved to the Palace of Versailles, the Louvre was used as a royal storehouse. During the French Revolution, treasures that swere confiscated from royalty and the church were added to the collection, and the palace was turned into a museum.
We spent most of the day at the Louvre, and only saw a small fraction of it, as it is absolutely huge!
Beautiful stained glass windows,
Pottery from the 8th century,
Henry IV's helmet and shield,
Incredible friezes on the ceilings,
Sculptures (and one handsome man!)
The winged Victory of Samothrace (330 - 30 BC)
.... And the Mona Lisa!
We enjoyed an amazing lunch on the terrace of the Louvre, and then set off for a quick tour of Notre Dame.
It was so crowded at Notre Dame that it was hard to fully appreciate the beauty of the place. It was started during the 1100s and added onto through the years until it became the masterpiece that it is today. Our favorite part of Notre Dame was seeing the crypt, where archeologists discovered walls dating back to Roman times. Amazing!