The Louvre

If you decide to visit Paris, the Louvre palace and museum is not a place you want to miss. The truth is that the number of art objects displayed here is huge, and a complete tour, taking the time to admire all the exhibits properly would take several months.

Louvre

Built initially to serve as a defense fortress against the repeated attacks of the Vikings, back in the 12th century, it is sure that no one ever dreamed of the millions of visitors who would enter it every year without being stopped by any army. The construction was completed around 1223, during Phillippe Auguste’s reign.

However, the sovereign who had the idea to start an art collection was Henri II, from the Valois dynasty. The tradition was continued by his sons, Charles I and Henri III, and son-in-law, Henri IV, from the dynasty of Navarre. Under the Bourbons, the palace was sort of abandoned as a main royal residence, in favor of the Tuilleries.

After successfully withstanding the rage of the revolutionary troops that left it unharmed, the National Assembly decided to transform it into a national museum. From then, its art collections become more and more numerous, increasing both in size, and in variety. Napoleon’s conquer campaigns in Egypt added Islamic and Egyptian valuable objects of all sorts to the existing treasure.

It makes no difference whether you do this by taking the subway, a cab or you choose to rent a car, you can’t miss an appointment with Mona Lisa or Venus of Milo. Combining traditional architecture with the futuristic design of the glass pyramid, the Louvre is indispensable on any tourist’s list of monuments worth visiting.

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