The Renaissance façades of the Cour Carrée, one of the courtyards of the Louvre Palace, were progressively built in parallel with the evolution of the rest of the Palace until the 17th century. The buildings form a square of approximately 160 meters in length. Hence the name “carré”, meaning "square" in French.
The Cour Carrée is also situated next to the historical axis of Paris, known as the Voie Royale ("triumphal way"). This axis is a straight line of monuments and thoroughfares that extends from the equestrian statue of Louis XIV next to Ieoh Ming Pei’s pyramid all the way to the Grande Arche of La Défense, passing through the Tuileries Gardens, the obelisk of the Place de la Concorde, the Champs Élysées, and the Arc de Triomphe on the Place de l'Étoile .
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