Mysteries of Paris #98 – The 666 triangles of the Louvre’s pyramid

The pyramid of the Louvre museum has fascinated millions of visitors since its construction in the 1980s. The most widespread rumours tell that it is made of 666 triangles of glass, 666 being the number of the beast in the book of revelations. Conspiracy theories have first surfaced in the year following its construction, following an article written in the official brochure published by the architect stating twice that it was the number of pieces of glass used, although the number 672 can be found in other pages. Soon all the major newspapers highlighted that number 666.

The curators of the museum had to officially state that the real number was 673 pieces of glass, 603 lozenges and 70 triangles. Many authors have spent hours counting the lay lines, including author David A Shugarts in his book “secrets of the code”, who found 689 lay lines. But conspiracy theorists like Dominique Stezepfandt in his book Francois Mitterand, great architect of the universe give a deeper meaning to that number: “the pyramid is dedicated to a power described in the bible as the great Beast of the Apocalypse. Its entire structure is based on the number 6, the number of the devil”. There is one calculation that can lead to the number of the beast. Take all the elements found on the great pyramid (673 triangles plus the door), add the number of triangles on the upside down pyramid under and subtract the number of triangles of the smaller pyramids: 674+112-120=666.

This myth has surfaced again in 2003 thanks to Dan Brown’s DaVinci code. The main character says that “this pyramid, by demand of President Francois Mitterand, was built with precisely 666 pieces of glass – a bizarre request which has been a favourite among conspiracy fanatics who say that this is the number of Satan.” But Author David A. Shuggarts specifies that Mitterand has never given orders regarding the number of lay lines. But other rumours say that the body of the dead president has been secretly buried deep under the Louvre pyramid.


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