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Location address: France, Ile-de-France, Paris
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The Louvre Pyramid is located on the old zero meridian of Paris. The large pyramid serves as the main entrance to the Louvre Museum. It was commissioned by the President of France François Mitterrand in 1984 and is was designed by the architect I. M. Pei, who is responsible for the design of the Miho Museum in Japan. The construction of the pyramid triggered considerable controversy because many people felt that the futuristic edifice looked quite out of place in front of the Louvre Museum with its classical architecture.
The Louvre and its pyramid were depicted being destroyed in the opening scenes of the 2004 film, Team America: World Police. It was also featured in the 2006 film, The Da Vinci Code. The film crew were permitted to film inside of the Louvre for part of the film. While some of the scenes that were shown to be in the Louvre were actually on set, most of the scenes in the main area of the museum were shot on site.
It has been claimed by some that the glass panes in the Louvre Pyramid number exactly 666, “the number of the beast”, often associated with Satan. But that is not even true. The story of the 666 panes originated in the 1980s, when the official brochure published during construction did indeed cite this number. The myth resurfaced in 2003, when Dan Brown incorporated it in his best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code, in which the protagonist reflects that “this pyramid, at President Mitterrand’s explicit demand, had been constructed of exactly 666 panes of glass - a bizarre request that had always been a hot topic among conspiracy buffs.
In the book the Da Vinci Code of Dan Brown, it was stated that there is an inverse pyramid under the pyramid of the Louvre. That is correct. It also states that there is a chamber under the pyramid. A picture during the construction shows that it is just a small pyramid which is put below the inverse pyramid, on top of the floor.
Linked themes: Legends and myths
The Louvre Pyramid (Pyramide du Louvre) is a large glass and metal pyramid, surrounded by three smaller pyramids, in the main courtyard (Cour Napoléon) of the Louvre Palace (Palais du Louvre) in Paris. The large pyramid serves as the main entrance to the Louvre Museum. Completed in 1989, it has become a landmark of the city of Paris.