The Louvre, the most famous museum in the world is the early backdrop in The Da Vinci Code. It is where Jacques Saunière is murdered, Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu meet and then make their escape from the police.
The Louvre dates back to 10th century and over the years has gone from a fortress to defend Paris to a royal palace then to a Château and lastly into the most illustrious museum in the world.
You don’t have to pay to see all the Louvre locations mentioned in The Da Vinci Code. The photos below where taken in areas open to the public without charge.
When visiting the Louvre I would suggest you plan for a full day. This will give you enough time to discover the Louvre at a reasonable pace. Remember to wear comfortable shoes; you will do a lot of walking and the Louvre floors are marble. Plan an early visit to avoid long lines and crowds.
I also suggest bringing a lunch and having a picnic in the Jardins des Tuileries or another nearby location, possibly at the Palais Royal, another nice place to have a picnic. There are restaurants at the Louvre, but most are expensive and why pay a lot when you can enjoy a French garden like Tuileries and relax like a Parisians?
The Louvre Museum is in the 1st district of Paris, metro stop Palais-Royal/Musée du Louvre.
From a reader:
You forgot to mention the inverted pyramids, which cannot be walked on as they are placed in the center of a roundabout. Had a hard time figuring that one out.
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