Cour Carrée of the Louvre


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In context : From the Louvre to the Palais-Royal : 8 riddles to solve

(From : Roman Hero). Head towards the oriental part of the Louvre Palace.

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  • Henri de Bourbon's monogram

    Try to find Henri de Bourbon's monogram located somewhere in the Cour carrée.

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The place

There are many small details which can make your visit of the beautiful Cour carrée all the more entertaining.

At the center, sit on the fountain to enjoy the view. On each wing, you'll find monograms (the initials of the kings - along with their wives - under whom the particular wing has been build).

On the ground, some metal gates and a contour still visible on the cobblestones is all that's left of Charles V's old donjon.

On the east wing, a cock statue can be found inside an ouroboros (a snake that bits its tail).

And of course there are the "Legislateurs", 4 statues made in 1806 by Jean-Guillaume Moitte. Go and see the one of Manco-Cápac in particular, the first emperor of the Incas.

More info
  • Opening hours - Open everyday except tuesday, from 9am to 6pm - Night opening until 9.45pm on wednesday and friday - Closed on the following holidays : January 1st, May 1st and December 25th
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