Louvre opens new Islamic courtyard

A new section dedicated to Muslim art has opened in one of the courtyards of the Louvre. The new structure, following in the off-beat tradition of the Louvre pyramid, covers about 1,000 sqm and houses 2,600 machinery of art and artefacts.

It is laid out on two levels and covers four eras, the years 632-1,000, 1,000-1,250 and 1,500-1,800.

The new display area also offers maps, videos and recordings in Arabic, Persian and Turkish.

It houses the new Department of Islamic art and has been formed out of the smaller Islamic section which was once part of the department of Oriental Antiquities.