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The Louvre :


The Louvre, on west side, was a mere castle, with a big tower on the river Seine, facing the tour de Nesles. It became under the reign of Charles V (1338-1380) the new royal palace, enlarged and embellished generation by generation. The medieval basis is visible inside the actual museum, called the Grand Louvre , since the spectacular transformations of the 1990s (pyramide).


October. From Tres riches heures du Duc de Berry
Part of the October month from the calendar section of the Les très riches heures du Duc de Berry, illuminated manuscript, painted between 1412 and 1416

Reconstruction based on Les tres riches heures
The Professor Pitte's reconstruction, based on Les très riches heures du Duc de Berry. See larger image

Part of Munster's map, 1550
Part of Sebastian Munster map of Paris from Cosmographiae Universalis 88-89 published in 1550. See this map

Part of Plan de Bale
The Louvre as depicted in the map made by Turschet and Hoyau, circa 1552. This map is also known as the Plan de Bâle.

This map fragment is used with permission of The Paris Pages

Part of Braun and Hogenberg map, 1572
Part of Braun and Hogenberg map of Paris from Civitates Orbis Terrarum I -7 published in 1572.


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Part of Belleforest map, 1575
Part of the Belleforest map of 1575.

This map fragment is used with permission of The Paris Pages


Part of the Merian map of 1615.

This map fragment is used with permission of The Paris Pages



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