by Sydney Starr
History of the Louvre Museum
The history of the Louvre starts around 1190, with a decision made by Philippe Auguste. He decided to erect a fortified enclosure to project Paris. This was important because it displayed the king's authority right as he was getting ready to leave the country for was in the Crusades. To defend of of the weak spots a castle was built: the Louvre. The building was designed by Philippe Auguste's engineers, it was protected by a moat, and was equipped with circular defensive towers.