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Near Eastern Antiquities at Le Louvre

Iran, Achaemenid Persian Empire

Domaine(s) : Archeology

Region : Ile de France

Column of the courtroom called the Apadana,
Sets of polychrome glazed bricks of the palace from Darius the 1st to Susa,
Khorsabad reliefs
Photos P. Broage - Copyright © 2011 Genius Tour


Three major themes are represented:
- Mesopotamia,
- Iran,
- The countries of the Levant (Maghreb).

The room 12a for instance will impress you with the exhibition of one of the 36 columns of the huge room that comes from the courtroom of a palace called the Apadana (see photo attached).
Sets of polychrome glazed bricks of the palace from Darius the 1st to Susa are beautiful and perfectly preserved.
In the Khorsabad room are shown the monumental reliefs that the king Sargon II had inaugurated in Khorsabad in 706 BC (see attached photo).

You will see also many objects of the everyday life, such as
- Jewelry,
- Models of houses or places of worship such as the one called the 'Sit-Shamshi' or 'Sunrise Ceremony',
- Tablets engraved with many texts (see photos) including the one containing the oldest known text in the Hurrian language dating from the 3rd millennium BC, or others with problems of geometry or arithmetic,
- Many statues,
- Cylinder seals used as signature,
- Steles,
- Iron or earthenware figurines,
- Vases ...


The museum is open during the hours specified by clicking on the link here.
Two hours are not too much to see the collections.

Note that the entrance of Le Louvre on the first Sunday of each month is not free anymore (it was free these Sundays since 1996). Disclaimer : The management team of the destination has the possibility to change the opening days and hours without prior communication.


Located on the ground floor in the Sully, Sackler & Richelieu wings, the 26 rooms of the collections of the Near Eastern Antiquities will dazzle you by the richness of the master pieces that are exhibited.


Le Louvre, 75001 Paris

The Louvre is located in the heart of Paris.

By subway: station 'Palais Royal/Musee du Louvre'
More original and as easy as the subway: By batobus: Stop at Louvre, Quai Francois Mitterrand
By car: Parking is accessible via the Avenue General Lemonier daily from 7AM to 11PM.
By bus: Bus 21,24,27,39,48,68,69,72,81,95; Bus 'Paris Open Tour': Stop in front of the pyramid.

It happens that the queue line outside the great pyramide is very long. In this case, coming throught the underground commercial center of the Louvre allows you to reach quickly & easily the automatic machines to buy the tickets to visit the museum.

N 48°51'37'', E 02°20'18''

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Model of a place of worship known as the 'Sit-Shamshi' or 'Sunrise Ceremony',
Tablets with engraved text, Jewelry
The earliest known text in the Hurrian language
Pictures P. Broage - Copyright © 2011 Genius Tour

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