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Louvre Museum

 

The Louvre Museum is the biggest museum in the world. It is one of the most visited attractions in Paris, France with approximately 17,000 people visiting every day and 70% of them are foreign tourists. There are a total of 380,000 pieces in the museum. The collection includes work from ancient civilizations to the mid-19th century.

Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece Mona Lisa is undoubtedly one of the most famous of all of them. It was originally built as a fortress in 1190 by Phillip Augustus and then in 16th century it was turned into a royal palace.

 

Quick Facts: –

  • During World War II, the Louvre Museum was used by the Na-zis as a storeroom for stolen art.
  • Napoleon Bonaparte renamed the museum to Musée Napoleon during his reign and expanded its collection by 5,000 pieces.
  • There are approximately 7,500 paintings in the museum’s galleries and 66% of them are created by French artists.
  • The museum has a 21 meters high pyramid which is solely made of glass and metal. It was built in 1989.
  • The Louvre Museum was opened to public in August 1793 for the first time by the National Assembly.
  • At the time of opening, the collection consisted of only 537 paintings.
  • It is estimated that it would take about 100 days to cover each of the paintings in the museum.
  • The Venus of Milo and the Winged Victory of Samothrace are two well known statues in the museum.

 

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