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THE LOUVRE The World’s Most Well Known Museum The Louvre at night, all lit up. By Mackenzie Fisher French Eight WHEN AND WHY? The Louvre was originally built in the 12 th century, as a fortress for King Phillip II In the November of 1793 the Louvre Museum was first opened to the public SOME FACTS The Louvre’s art collection covers almost fifteen acres The museum houses over thirty-five thousand works of art The Louvre was also once a private art collection for the kings of France The Louvre by day. DEPARTMENTS The Louvre is divided into eight different sections: Decorative Arts Egyptian Antiquities Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities Islamic Arts Near Eastern Antiquities Paintings Prints and Drawings Sculptures MONA LISA The world’s most well-known houses the world’s most famous painting, The Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci Although the painting is slightly small, hundreds of people crowd to see the famed painting each day. WINGS OF VICTORY One of the most famed statues in the world lies in the Louvre Made in 190 BCE, the statue was found by a French archaeologist in 1863 and shipped to Paris in the same year It is a statue of Nike, the Roman goddess of Victory The Wings of Victory, although missing its head, is one of the Louvre’s most prized pieces TEMPORARY EXHIBITS The Louvre houses different temporary exhibits each season GETTING THERE If you’re taking the metro to the Louvre, make sure you get off Palais-Royal– Musée du Louvre station, on Lines one and seven The Louvre is on an offshoot of Rue de Rivoli VISITING HOURS AND COSTS The Louvre is open from: Nine am to six pm on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays Nine am to nine forty-five pm on Wednesdays and Fridays Closed on Tuesdays Tickets for the permanent collection only are €11 Tickets for the temporary exhibits are €12 A combined ticket is €15 Admission is free for visitors under 18, handicapped people, teachers from France, and unemployed individuals. WHY IS THE LOUVRE INTERESTING? The Louvre is a very interesting place to visit because there are so many different types of art; there is something for everyone. The architecture of the Louvre itself may attract visitors. The Mona Lisa attracts many people by itself. Artists and students come to study the works and learn from them.
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