By: Anna Gigante
- Le Louvre is located along the western border of Paris along the right bank of "La Seine."
- Le Louvre was established as a museum in 1793.
- It was established by Phillip-Auguste.
- Although it is known all around the world as a museum, the original purpose of "Le Louvre" was to protect the Parisians against the Vikings possibly raiding Paris in the 11th and 12th centuries.
The Mona Lisa:
Although there are many paintings and masterpieces in Le Louvre, The Mona Lisa is one of the most famous paintings in Le Louvre! The Mona Lisa was painted by Italian renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci. Emperor Napoleon hung the Mona Lisa for the first time in his private bedroom. The Mona Lisa has her own room in Le Louvre and she is surrounded by bodyguards and protected by a bulletproof glass. The Mona Lisa was stolen in 1911 and was returned 2 years after.
Napoleon renamed Le Louvre to Musée Napoleon and expanded the museum's collection by 5,000 pieces. When the military leader was defeated, Napoleon had to return the paintings to their original owners.
Fun Facts about Le Louvre:
- Le Louvre is the biggest museum in the world.
- It is so big that it is impossible to go through the whole museum in one visit!
- It would take you 100 days straight to go through the whole museum.
- The Nazis used Le Louvre as a storeroom for stolen art during World War II.
- Belphegor is a mummy who haunts the museum.
- There is a myth about a man dressed in red who haunts the Tuileries Garden near by
The Glass Pyramid:
The Glass Pyramid was built in 1989. It is 21 meters high and It is made out of glass and metal.