Together with the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre is without a doubt the site that most symbolizes Paris. The former Palais Royal with its glass pyramid commissioned by François Mitterand attracts art lovers and novices alike. The entire area is oriented toward this extraordinary museum on the banks of the Seine. The neighboring streets are mainly devoted to retail and sometimes luxury, particularly in the direction of Place Vendôme. In the northern part of the district, the unusual charm of the commercial covered passages adds an additional historical layer.