Launched at the end of the EIGHTEENTH century, the Louvre Museum is the most important museum in France and the most visited in the world. Currently receives more than eight million visitors each year.
Formed from the collections of the French monarchy and the expoliaciones made during the empire of Napoleon, the Louvre Museum opened its doors in 1793, showing a new model of a museum, that passed from the hands of the ruling classes to the enjoyment of the general public.
After transfer of the royal residence to the Palace of Versailles, the impressive building of 160,000 square meters would begin its process of transformation into one of the most important museums in the world.
In 1989, he built a pyramid of glass breaking from the monotony of the large gray blocks of the museum, which currently serves as a gateway.
The collection of the Louvre includes around 300,000 works prior to 1948, which was exposed to approximately 35,000.
The vast collection is organized thematically in different departments: oriental antiquities, egyptian antiquities, antique Greek, roman, and etruscan, history of the Louvre and the Louvre medieval, painting, sculpture, objects of art, graphic arts and the art of Islam.
The Louvre is huge and art lovers could spend several days going through it. To get a general idea and see the most important works, it is necessary to dedicate at least a full morning to tour the museum.
Although the Louvre Museum is very important at the global level, for people who are not too interested in the art becomes a place that is too boring because of their huge dimensions, to which is added the heat and the crowds.