The Beauty of Louvre Museum architecture and its history
The Louvre museum is one of the most visited destinations in Paris. Who wouldn’t fall in love with its unique architectural design, modern style of the pyramid, and thousands of different art pieces?
Each year, there are more than seven million tourists who visit the museum. Visitors have to spend 30 seconds in every piece, but if they want to see all the displayed arts personally, they have to spend 100 days to explore the whole museum.
To minimize the days that need to spend to explore the whole museum, here are five facts about Louvre Museum that will help when visiting Paris:
- There are 380,000 of art pieces in the museum including those restricted pieces to the public. The galleries are divided into eight divisions—print and drawings; paintings; decorative art; sculptures; Islamic art; Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antique; Egyptian Antique; and Near Eastern Antique.
- In 1190, Louvre was built as castle for the soldiers and it was also the detention center for the important people. But King Francis I decided to change it into Renaissance palace with the help of French architect Pierre Lescot. The Louvre Museum architecture was inspired by the Renaissance style.
- Mona Lisa—the most famous and mysterious art piece of Leonardo da Vinci—is one of the most visited in the museum. Because of this, it is protected by security guards and covered by bulletproof glass.
- During World War II, the Louvre museum became the hiding place of the stolen paintings by the Nazis.
- The Louvre’s pyramid was inspired by the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt and is designed by Chinese-American architect Ieoh Ming Pei.
With an area size of 78.291 hectares, it’s no question why Louvre is the largest museum in the world. Louvre is the perfect place to visit to discover and learn more about art. With the perfect balance of old and modern styles, Louvre’s beauty brings history back to life.
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