The louvre museum

Introduction

The Louvre in Paris, France was visited by more than 9.7 million people in 2012. The Louvre is a museum in Paris and it is one of the largest museums in the world. The building used to be a royal palace until it was converted to a museum during the French Revolution. It is home to nearly 35,000 pieces of artwork, including Leonardo da vinci's Mona Lisa. This essay will talk about the louvre history, relevance and aesthetics.

The louvre history and relevance.

First, the history The Louvre was originally a fortress created by Philip II. Then in 1546 while Francis I was living at the palace the palace was opened to anyone who wanted to view the royal collection of art. The Louvre officially made a museum during the French Revolution. In 1791 the French assembly declared that the palace should be a museum. The museum officially opened on August 10, 1793. By 1874 the Louvre had reached the shape and design it was at today. The Louvre is owned by the government of France at this current time.

Next, let's talk about the significance, the Louvre was made a museum during the French Revolution. It was decided by the French assembly that the building would make a good museum. The assembly also thought the community could use something for relief during tough times. Today the building draws on average 15,000 visitors per day, and 65 percent of those people are foreign tourists.

Relevance and conclusion

Last the aesthetics, the louvre consist of mostly hallways with a few small buildings and large outdoor courtyards. The lobby of the museum is underground. Above the lobby is one of the most well known parts of the Louvre, the Louvre pyramid. The pyramid is made entirely out of glass and sits above the lobby are of the Louvre. Inside the lobby there are gift shops and cafes.

Now that we have discussed the history, relevance and aesthetics of the louvre maybe you will think about visiting the museum. Most people who visit Paris go to the louvre. While you are there you could visit the Mona Lisa.