The Museum of the Louvre is one of the largest and most important in the world.
One enters through the 20 foot high glass pyramid, built at the request of the president of France, François Mitterand who wanted it to be the largest museum in the world.
The collections are exceptional and visitors come from around the world to discover its treasures. The eight galleries (Oriental antiquities/Egyptian antiquities/Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities/Islamic art/Sculpture/Art objects/Paintings/Graphic arts) allow for but a fraction of the rich collection to be exhibited. Among the most celebrated art to be exhibited are the Mona Lisa by Leonardo de Vinci and the Venus de Milo.
The Louvre Museum, situated in center Paris, was once a palace, constructed by Philippe Augustus in 1190. Throughout the centuries the kings transformed the edifice, each one leaving his personal touch by adding on a wing or even changing the general architectural style. This was a royal residence of the kings of France until the King Louis XV. Renaissance, classical and different architectural techniques, one after the other, combine to offer the distinctive architectural jewel that we have today.
In 1791, just after the French Revolution in 1789, the Louvre was decreed “a union of all the monuments of sciences and arts”. It opened to the public on August 10, 1793.
It is an unavoidable place of culture in France.