“We all have two lives. The second one begins when you realise you only have one” - Confucius
In Portugal we stayed in a small coastal town called São Martinho do Porto. Even though the weather wasn’t super warm Portugal is still a great place to visit in December 🇵🇹 🌍✈️ #annysadventures
The Louvre Pyramid (Pyramide du Louvre) is a large glass and metal pyramid designed by Chinese-American architect Ieoh Ming Pei, surrounded by three smaller pyramids (reflecting pools with modern fountains, in the main courtyard (Cour Napoléon) of the Louvre Palace (Palais du Louvre) in Paris, France.
Completed in 1989 (symbolically the bicentenary year of the French Revolution), the large pyramid has become a landmark of the city of Paris.
The modern glass structure fits perfectly with the palace and has even become a tourist attraction in its own right. The work also involved renovation of the facades and gave the Louvre a real facelift.
The pyramid used as an entrance in the Louvre's courtyard has the exact same proportions as the Great Pyramid of Giza. The choice of this figure also serves as a reminder of the importance of the Egyptian antiquities collection inside the museum.
At its base, the pyramid measures 35 m (116ft) wide and 22 m (72 ft) high. 95 tons of steel and 105 tons of aluminum support the structure.
The glass panes of the pyramids are made up of diamonds and triangles. This mixture creates the triangular form in irregular proportions, which creates the appearance of cut jewels.
The pyramid and the underground lobby beneath it were created because of a series of problems with the Louvre's original main entrance, which could no longer handle the enormous number of visitors on an everyday basis. Visitors entering through the pyramid descend into the spacious lobby then re-ascend into the main Louvre buildings.