Louvre

Happy Birthday to the Louvre

The most popular museum in the world opened its doors 225 years ago.

An incredible 8.1 million people strolled through the Louvre in 2017, making it the world's most-visited museum.There's a reason for that, and it's not just because it's the home of the Mona Lisa. From the ornate facades to the luminous modern glass pyramid, from the celebrated paintings of the old masters to the lesser-known works from all over the globe, the Musée de Louvre — which turns 225 years old on August 10, 2018 — is as much a part of Paris as the Eiffel Tower.

Louvre and Arc de Triomphe Franz Marc Frei THROUGH THE ARCHES Originally constructed as a fortress by Philip II, the first King of France, and later used as a residence for the French royal family, the Musée de Louvre officially opened its doors as a national museum on August 10, 1793. Since then, it has housed tens of thousands of cultural artifacts — from the iconic art produced by da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Rembrandt to the lavishly decorative rooms once used as residential apartments by Napoléon Bonaparte. Louvre Museum Starcevic THE GLASS PYRAMID GLOWS The Louvre Pyramid, designed by celebrated architect I.M. Pei in 1989, quickly became another of Paris' must-see landmarks.

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A picture taken on July 14, 2017, in Paris, shows an aerial view of the Louvre Pyramid located in the main courtyard, the Cour Napoleon, of the Louvre Palace and that serves as the main entrance to the Louvre Museum. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD (Photo credit should read JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/AFP/Getty Images)
Rudy Sulgan; JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/AFP/Getty Images Salle Mollien in the Musee du Louvre Sylvain Sonnet RESERVED FOR FRENCH ROMANTIC PAINTINGS Roman art at the Musee du Louvre Sylvain Sonnet HERE STANDS ROMAN ANTIQUITIES Salle du Manege at the Musee du Louvre Sylvain Sonnet SCULPTED IN SYMMETRY Huge crowds of tourists trying to see Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo da Vinci at The Louvre museum in Paris France Iain Masterton LEONARDO DA VINCI'S MONA LISA Leonordo da Vinci's Mona Lisa is considered the crown jewel of the Louvre; anyone expecting some one-on-one time will be sorely disappointed.
Louvre Museum inside the Pyramid Entrance
Stairs inside Louvre Pyramid.
Jose Fuste Raga; Izzet Keribar Paris, June 6, 1992, The Hall of the Caryatids, the ground-floor of the Sully wing, the Louvre museum, It houses Roman copies after works of MADE Greek long-extinct . (Photo by Manuel Litran/Paris Match via Getty Images) Manuel Litran/Paris Match via Getty Images OLD-SCHOOL MOOD LIGHTING Louvre Museum,Paris,France Topic Images Inc. STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN France, Paris, Musee de Louvre, interior Shaun Egan SUNLIT SERENITY
Paris, November 12, 1993, Louvre Museum, the opening of the Richelieu wing, formerly occupied by the Ministry of Finance, The Cour Marly, developed, under a glass roof, an exhibition of sculptures: From behind 'Amphitrite' of Prou, On the first level, four carved by Coysevox: 'Neptune', 'La Seine', 'The Marne' and 'Amphitrite', At the top, two groups of equestrian Coysevox: 'Fame' and 'Mercury' that are part of the Horses of Marly. (Photo by Manuel Litran/Paris Match via Getty Images)
Cour Marly sculpture room inside the Louvre Museum, Paris, France, Europe
Manuel Litran/Paris Match/Getty Images; Bernard Jaubert Arched hallway, Louvre Museum, Paris, France David Henderson TO INFINITY A picture taken on July 14, 2017, in Paris, shows an aerial view of the Louvre museum with its Louvre Pyramid located in the main courtyard, the Cour Napoleon, by the Tuileries Garden and by the river Seine. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD (Photo credit should read JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/AFP/Getty Images) JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/AFP/Getty Images LARGER THAN LIFE Adjacent to the famed River Seine, the Louvre spans more than 652,000 square feet and displays more than 35,00 works of art at any given time. Tuileries's gardens Consu1961 TUILERIES GARDENS Illuminated Arc de Triomphe du Carousel and Louvre Museum with Pyramid at night, Paris, Ile de France, France, Europe Markus Lange ROYAL ARCHES



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