The Louvre

By | Nov 8, 2013

The Louvre, located in Paris France, is one of the oldest, largest and most visited museum in the World.  It first opened to the public as a museum on November 8, 1793.

In 1190 Paris the Europe largest city and it was decided to build a fortress on Seine River. This fortress was the beginning of the Louvre.

The building was used as the Royal Palace until Louis Louis XIV moved his household to the Palace of Versailles in 1672. From this time on it was used as a place to display Royal art and other masterpieces.

Throughout its life the Louvre was part of the seat of power, although this had been in decline throughout the 18th and into the 19th century. By 1882 it was being used almost exclusively for culture. It wasn’t until 1961 that the French Finance Ministry departed the building.

The three glass pyramids that serve as the entrance to the Louvre was designed by I. M. Pei and was completed in 1989. A prime reason for the construction was that the original entrances to the building was not large enough for the influx of daily visitors. There are not 666 glass panes in the pyramid, but 673.

The cut-off point for the Louvre’s collection is 1848. In 1989 the Grand Louvre project doubled their gallery space and have moved ahead with new plans and ideas, including a section devoted to Islamic culture and art.


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