Need a clue?
It is home to the beautiful Mona Lisa!
That’s right, we’re talking about the Louvre Museum.
One of the most iconic landmarks of Paris, France, the museum is located within the Louvre Palace. It is the world’s largest art museum, and in 2017 alone, attracted a staggering 8.1 million visitors from all over the globe! It’s no wonder that it was ranked as Instagram’s #1 most tagged museum. Got those artsy fartsy senses tingling? Here are more fun facts about the historic monument:
#1 In 2016, it was also the world’s most visited art museum.
Yup, before 2017, the museum saw 7.3 million visitors in 2016.
#2 The building was first a fortress, then a palace, before finally becoming the museum it is today.
In the late 12th Century, Philip II built the Louvre as a fortress, but in 1546, Francis I converted it into a royal residence. He continued building and expanding the compound. Lavish as it was, in 1682 Louis XIV took the Palace of Versailles as his main residence, leaving the Louvre. It was during the French Revolution that the National Assembly declared the Louvre as a public museum for all the enjoy.
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#3 There’s A LOT to see.
Specifically 38,000 objects (up till the 21st Century), as showcased over 782,910 sq ft. It is the biggest museum in the world, and you won’t be able to cover all the art pieces in one visit. In fact, if you were to spend even just a few seconds on each exhibit, you’d take months!
#4 Napoleon once renamed the museum to Musee Napoleon.
He added some 5,000 works to the collection, renaming the museum after himself. However, when he was defeated, the looted works were returned to their original owners. Needless to say, it went back to being the Louvre.
#5 Napoleon was also the first person to ever hang the Mona Lisa on his wall.
He placed the 21- by 30-inch painting in his bedroom for his own viewing pleasure!
#6 The Mona Lisa is heavily guarded.
And we mean heavily. Although just slightly larger than A2, the famous painting has bodyguards and is protected by bulletproof glass!
#7 Move over, Phantom of the Opera. There’s a Louvre Mummy in Town.
Since the Louvre dates back to ancient times, it’s no surprise that some spooky tales surround this palace. The resident ghost is called Belphegor, a mummy that comes out at night. It even inspired a film adaptation in the sixties.
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