The Louvre

The Louvre {loov’-ruh} is a French palace and the national art museum of France. Located in Paris, the Louvre is one of the largest palaces in the world and, as a former residence of the kings of France, one of the most illustrious.

Inside the Louvre
Inside the Louvre

It exemplifies traditional French architecture since the Renaissance, and it houses a magnificent collection of ancient and Western art.

The Louvre started out as a fortress developed initially in the 12th century. In the 14th century, the building was modified into a royal residence. The original structure was then demolished in 1527 and a new compound was developed at that time

A view of the Louvre museum in Paris from the garden of Tuileries http://suitcasesandsunsets.com/the-louvre.html
A view of the Louvre museum in Paris from the garden of Tuileries

The Louvre opened its doors to the public in August, 1793. It is one of the world’s biggest museums with 70,000 pieces of art distributed across more than 650,000 square feet of gallery space. The Louvre is also one of the most visited museums with 8.8 million visitors per year.

The Mona Lisa is stored at the Louvre.

Inside the Louvre
Inside the Louvre
The Louvre
The Louvre
The Louvre
The Louvre
The Louvre at nighttime
The Louvre at nighttime