Paris, the City of Love, is famous for its historic monuments, iconic structures, and the French delicacies. There are many architectural wonders in the City of Love that inspire people and attract them. One such amusing architecture is the Louvre Museum; the sight of the museum as well as the exhibits are astounding and attractive.
Still, there are many facts regarding the iconic Louvre Museum that most of the people are unaware of. Listed below are a few such facts that will help you in your Louvre Museum tours.
- One of the most recognizable landmarks of the city is the pyramids of the Louvre Museum, which was built in 1989. This structure is made entirely of glass and the structure is 21 meters high as well.
- The Louvre has a whopping amount of 380,000 exhibits in it. Still, they do not showcase all of them at a single time.
- The famous masterpiece of Leonardo Da Vinci, Mona Lisa is not as big as everybody thinks. Its dimensions are actually just a little bigger than an A2 sheet paper, that is 21 x 30 inches.
- The Louvre Museum spans nearly 15 acres of land and is divided into 8 departments. This includes Egyptian Antiquities; Eastern Antiquities; Roman, Greek, and Etruscan Antiquities; Islamic Arts; Decorative Arts; Sculptures; Prints; and Paintings and Drawings.
- Liberty leading the people is one of the famous artworks in the Louvre Museum. This is the creation of great artist, Eugene Delacroix and the artwork celebrates the 1830 revolution. Do you know that the artist actually painted himself in the picture at the left side of the portrait, wearing a black hat? What’s more, the painting was created as a political poster.
- There are two times when the Louvre missed the famous portrait of Mona Lisa. One is during the reign of Napoleon when he took this beautiful portrait and hung it in his personal bedroom. The other time is when Jacqueline Kennedy, the wife of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, arranged tours for Mona Lisa in Washington DC and New York.
- Louvre is one of the most popular museums in the world that welcomes at least 15000 people every day. The interesting fact is that 70% of the crowd comprises of foreigners who came to get inspired by this magical architecture and the enlightening exhibits.
- The Louvre was not a museum at the beginning. In fact, Nazis used this place to keep all their stolen artworks hidden from others. Further, it was turned into a royal palace from a fortress in the 16th Century.