Let's enter into the Cour Napoléon.
As the very symbol of today's Louvre, the elegant glass pyramid designed in 1989 by the Sino-American architect Peï,
was widely contested at the beginning. Far from being incongruous, it brings delicacy and harmony to the imposing Napoleon courtyard framed by seven monumental pavilions.
Already in 1984, Peï used pyramid-shaped structure for the IBM headquarters
in Somers, one of the most impressive locations I have ever seen in my professional career.
The Louvre pyramid is positioned along the Historical axis which runs from the Cour Carrée of the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, the Tuileries
Palace destroyed in 1871 during the Paris Commune, the Place de la Concorde, the avenue des Champs Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile up to the Grande Arche de la Défense.
The Meridian line
passing through the corner of the Daru pavilion towards the Richelieu passage tangents also the pyramid.
The replica of Bernini's statue of the Sun King, chosen by the architect Pei and placed in front of the Pyramid, reinforces the historical and solar
symbolism of the place.
The president François Miterrand, named the Sphinx, who was a lover of history, esotericism and Ancient Egypt obviously left his mark here combining politics, history and spirituality.