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Inside the Musee d'Orsay

Along the left bank of the Seine, the world's most famous museum of impressionistic art had a former life as an old, crumbling train station and hotel. Now, linking the chronological gap between the Louvre and the Centre Pompidou, the Musee d'Orsay in Paris is always a treat to see and experience as a radiant success in adaptive reuse.

Perhaps the most striking aspect of the Musee d'Orsay is the spaciousness of its magnificent vaulted interior. The long central nave is punctuated by a series of bronze and stone sculptures, specifically six bronze 'allegorical sculptural groups' of the late 19th century.

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