Louvre: Crosses within La Pyramide Inversée

One of my favorite pictures is from the  Musee du Louvre. I took it when I toured France during the summer of 2013. It is a side view of the La Pyramide Inversée in the Carrousel du Louvre shopping mall underneath the museum. As I stood there embracing the sunlight, I was mesmerized by the beauty and simplicity of the pyramid.

I felt a sense of peace and calm as hundreds of tourists swirled around me. Every time I see this picture, it reminds me of the serenity I felt that day. It has also presented something new that I did not notice at the museum.


Louvre Pyramid inside museum
Louvre Pyramid, 2013

As I reviewed the picture I realized that some of the metal fastenings appeared to form crosses. Now I wonder if that was part of the artist’s original design. Was the placement of these fastenings as crosses meant to encourage meditation or deep spiritual thought as tourists gazed through the glass? Or was that the only type of fastening that could safely secure the pyramid’s panels?

Once I noticed the crosses, I started to think about the urban legend from the 1980s: that the larger pyramid was built with 666 glass panels. After further research, I found out that the actual count is between 672-678 panes of glass.

Louvre Pyramid
Large Louvre Pyramid from the inside.


Wouldn’t it be interesting if the “crosses” and the urban legend were connected?




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