What to see at the The Louvre Museum
If it is art that you want to find in Paris, then you should visit Louvre. Known to be the largest museum across the globe, the Louvre or Le Musée du Louvre (in French) is renowned for its awe inspiring paintings. With the Seine River calmly flowing nearby, the Louvre attracts thousands of tourists every year.
The Louvre stretches over an expansive area of 652,300 square feet. It was initially constructed to serve as a fortress in 1190. It was only in the 16th century that it was transformed into a royal palace. The construction and expansion continued following that for many years. The Louvre turned into an art museum and stopped being the royal palace after the coming of, Louis XIV who moved the royal residence to Versailles in 1793. The Louvre became a place which displayed the relics as well as the royal collection. During Napolean’s reign the museum was renamed as Musée Napoleon. The Louvre retained its name soon after his defeat at Waterloo.
Louvre paintings & other works
The displays at the Louvre are carefully segregated into eight departments:
1. Islamic Art
2. Egyptian Antiquities
4. Prints and Drawings
5. Near eastern Antiquities
6. Decorative Arts
7. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities
Filled with interesting ancient sculptures of ancient Roman and Greek origin along with intricate Egyptian antiques, relics from French peers as well as artwork and paintings made by the Old Masters, the Louvre boasts of having over 35,000 works on display at a time.