This view of the dramatic, sweeping plaza on which the Louvre's facade stands shows a strong juxtaposition between classical and modern architecture. The existing Renaissance-era palace, completed in the 17th century by Louis XV, served as the seat of French royalty until Louis XVI built Versailles.
The glass pyramid that now serves as the Louvre's entrance was designed by Chinese architect Ieoh Ming Pei and inaugurated in 1989. The 22 meter/72 ft glass structure is composed of 800 separate pieces of glass, assembled over an aluminum structure weighing 95 tons.
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