The Louvre is the largest museum in the world and one of the landmarks of France. It’;s located on the Right Bank of the river Seine in Paris and it’;s one of the most visited tourist attractions ever. You can’;t really say you’;ve been to Paris if yo
u don’;t visit the Louvre. This article aims to provide you with some interesting facts about the museum, so when you go you will have a better understanding of the place, which will undoubtedly enrich your knowledge and make your time more pleasant.
The museum is actually housed in the Louvre Palace which used to be a fortress during the 12th century. The Palace was then reconstructed in the 16th century with the purpose to be a royal palace and then, it opened its door for the public for the first time in November 1793, during the French Revolution and it has been hosting priceless pieces of art ever since.
There are over 35,000 pieces of art dating back from prehistory to the 21st century exhibited over an area of about 15 acres (approximately 60,600 square metres). There are 8 departments in the Louvre, namely: The Near Eastern Antiquities, Egyptian Antiquities, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, Islamic Art, Sculptures, Decorative Arts, Paintings and Prints and Drawings.
Even though it hosts thousands of interesting and famous pieces of art, there is nothing more famous than Mona Lisa – Leonardo da Vinci’;s most famous painting. But what makes this painting so famous is the mystery that surrounds it. First of all, there are many debates about the identity of the famous portrait. Most people believe this is Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a Florentine silk merchant. Others are convinced that this is Lise del Giocondo, who was actually Lisa Gherardini’;s sister-in-law. And a latest study suggests that the portrait belongs to Giuliano de’; Medici’;s mistress – Pacifica Brandano.
Finally, it is good to know that due to its size it would be virtually impossible to see everything in just one visit. The Louvre is also one of the main tourist attractions in France contributing highly to the economic development of France, so the long queues are something normal. The place is open everyday apart from Tuesday (I have no idea why) and on Christmas Day, New Year’;s Day and the International Workers Day (1st May). And one last thing, you might not be allowed to take photos in most of the galleries and floors, so make sure you read the rules and regulations beforehand.