Le Louvre, Paris, Île-de-France, France

The Louvre is the world’s largest museum. A central landmark of the city, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine. Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are .

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The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, originally built as a fortress in the late 12th century under Philip II. Remnants of the fortress are visible in the basement of the museum. The building was extended many times to form the present Louvre Palace. In 1682, Louis XIV chose the Palace of Versailles for his household, leaving the Louvre primarily as a place to display the royal collection, including, from 1692, a collection of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. In 1692, the building was occupied by the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres and the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, which in 1699 held the first of a series of salons. The Académie remained at the Louvre for 100 years. During the French Revolution, the National Assembly decreed that the Louvre should be used as a museum to display the nation’s masterpieces. The museum opened on 10 August 1793 with an exhibition of 537 paintings.

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The Pyramid du Louvre and the Denon Wing
The Arc du triomphe du Caroussel
The Pyramid du Louvre and the Denon Wing

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The Richelieu Wing viewed from the Jardin des Tuileries
Statues along the facade of a wing of the Louvre
The Louvre near de Porte des Lion viewed from the Jardin des Tuileries

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Sculpture above the entrance from the Quai des Tuileries to the Place du Caroussel
Lamppost near the Jardin des Tuileries
Detail of the walls of the Louvre

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Peace riding a chariot on top of the Arc du Triomphe du Caroussel

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The Great Odalisque, 1814, by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
La Gioconda, 1503-1506, by Leonardo da Vinci
The Astronomer, 1668, by Johannes Vermeer
Liberty Leading the People, 1830, by Eugene Delacroix
Christ at the Column, 1476-1478, by Antonio da Messina
Bathsheba at Her Bath, 1654, by Rembrandt

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Venus de Milo, or Aphrodite of Milos, 130-100BC, by Alexandros of Antioch
Winged Victory of Samothrace, 190BC
Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss, 1793, by Antonio Canova

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Furietti Centaurs in white marble
Mask of Mycenae
Silenus with infant Dionysus (Bacchus), 100-200AD,

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The Dying Slave, 1513, by Michelangelo Buonarotti
Greek, Roman and Egyptian statues

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Diana of Versailles
Greek sculpture

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Sleeping Hermaphroditus, 1620, by Gian Lorenzo Bernini

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Galleries of sculptures
Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss, 1793, by Antonio Canova

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Ornate ceilings in the Louvre

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Sculptures in the Louvre Garden




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