International private rental service Airbnb has joined the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the opening of the glass pyramid of the Louvre.
In partnership with the Paris Museum, Airbnb announced a free night in the pyramid and an unforgettable experience within the walls of the Louvre.
The winner of the competition is promised to open the museum from an unknown side thanks to the opportunity to spend the night inside the pyramid, as well as receive a number of exclusive visits to the museum when the lights go out and its doors close to mere mortals.
"Your host for the night will be the Mona Lisa herself," the contest press release notes. An excursion for the winner of the competition and his companion, similar to those that are held for presidents and stars of the first magnitude, is organized by the VIP guide of the museum.
As "bonuses" for a night under the most famous glass "dome" in Paris, Arirbnb promises to set a table for an aperitif in front of the Mona Lisa, cook an author's dinner with a view of the Venus de Milo statue, and organize an instrumental concert in the apartments of Napoleon III. After an exceptional night at the Louvre, a Parisian breakfast in bed will be served in the morning.
Applications for participation in the competition are accepted until April 12. The winner will have the opportunity to choose a time to spend the night at the museum until April 30th. From May to December 2019, a similar package with a series of exclusive experiences at the Louvre will be available book on Airbnb. Its cost is still kept secret.
The famous glass pyramid at the entrance to the Louvre was built in 1989 by Chinese American architect Yuming Bei. It is believed that the prototype of the architectural structure is the pyramid of Cheops. The Louvre Pyramid consists of 603 diamond-shaped and 70 triangular glass segments, its height is 21.65 m, and its weight is about 180 tons.
Despite the criticism that the project was subjected to, it was later noted that the single entrance in the form of a glass pyramid played a key role in the modern history of the Louvre. Attendance at the museum over the past 30 years has increased from 3.5 to 10 million people a year.