The Mollien staircase

For anyone who has ventured into the Louvre, the size of this museum is staggering.  This staircase situated in the center of the Pavillon Mollien was built by the architect Hector Lefuel and inaugurated on August 14, 1857, along with the other buildings comprising Napoleon III's Nouveau Louvre.

On my first trip to Paris this ironwork was a subject of sketches 
as I tried to take in all the architecture Paris could deliver.  
Much of my time in Paris now is spent behind a camera lens, 
but I plan to sketch again on my next trip, 
taking the views and details at a slower pace.

Escalier Mollien - Pavillon Mollien
Musée du Louvre
75001, Paris