Famous French Buildings

 Le Musée du Louvre

Le Musée du Louvre, in Paris, is the most visited museum and art gallery in the world.  

Inside, there are around 35,000 works of art and over 380,000 objects.  

It was first built in 1190 as a castle to defend Paris against enemy attacks. 

The construction of the existing Louvre began in 1535, after demolition of the old castle.


In 1989, an enormous glass pyramid was completed as part of a new entrance to the building.  The pyramid was constructed to commemorate the 200th. anniversary of the start of the French Revolution of 1789.

To read about the French Revolution, click HERE
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The foundations of the original castle lie underneath today's building.
Louvre
(Image from Wikimedia Commons, author Benh Lieu Song.)

Some of the most famous and valuable works of art are exhibited in Le Musée du Louvre. 

The painting called Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci is kept there.  It is owned by the French Government and is one of the most valuable paintings in the world.   In 2009, it was valued at 700 million dollars.  

The Mona Lisa is known as the 'most famous painting in the world'.  It was bought by the French King Francis I in 1519.  He was a great friend and admirer of Leonardo da Vinci.   
In French, the Mona Lisa is called La Joconde
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La Joconde


To read about Leonardo da Vinci, click HERE.

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