The LOUVRE

  • The Louvre is one of the largest museums in the world; it is the most visited art museum and a historic monument. 
  • It holds about 35,000 objects from prehistory up through the 19th century in its 652,000 square feet (60,600 sq. meters).
  • The Louvre palace was a fortress in the late 12th century under Philip II. 
  • In 1682 Louis XIV chose Versailles as his place leaving the Louvre as a place for his royal collections. 
  • It opened as a museum on August 10, 1793 with 537 paintings – the majority of them being royal and confiscated church property. 
  • As of 2008 there are eight departments: Egyptian antiques; near Easter antiques; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman antiques; Islamic art; sculptures; decorative arts; paintings; prints and drawings.
  • Things you may not know about the Louvre.

**My class was only able to spend about five hours here which was definitely NOT enough time. The place is overwhelmingly HUMONGOUS and if you ever visit make sure to budget time wisely and map out what you want to see!!**

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