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The Petite Galerie of Charles IX
Around 1566, Charles IX commissioned the construction of the ‘Petite Galerie’, a one-storey building some 60 metres long. Located at the south-western corner of the old Louvre, it is linked by a portico topped by a terrace. The ‘Petite Galerie’ (the future Gallery of Apollo) was built beyond the moat of the château-fort. Its main façade ran along a canal that supplied water to the moat. The gallery was built by Pierre Chambiges, according to plans by Pierre Lescot. It is said that on St. Bartholomew’s Day (24 August 1572), King Charles IX would have fired from his Louvre quarters upon protestants trying to escape the massacre.
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