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The Cour Napoleon of the Louvre Museum
The Cour Napoléon of the new Louvre was inaugurated by Napoléon III in August 1857. It was designed by architects Louis Visconti (1852-1853) and his successor Hector Lefuel (1853-1857). Bordered by six pavilions and two rotundas, the Cour Napoléon links the Louvre Palace to the Tuileries Palace. The Emperor thus fulfilled the Grand Design that King Henry IV had first desired: their capital, Paris, was finally bestowed with an imperial city. In 1983, President François Mitterrand marked his era by commissioning the glass pyramid, designed by the Chinese-American architect Ieoh Ming Pei, which was completed in 1989.
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