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This page of Le Grand Louvre offers its visitors a gallery containing some of the most famous works housed by the Louvre along with a brief discussion of each work. This page also includes a brief historical account of the famous museum.

The Louvre is one of the most famous museums in the world. It houses the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and the Winged Victory of Samothrace as well as other masterpieces from all of Europe. It houses Italian Renaissance art, ancient Egyptian art, and Roman and Greek art.


History

In the early part of the 12th century, a French king commissioned the first building of what eventually became the Louvre. It was originally built to serve as a fortress to protect Paris while the king was on crusade in the Holy Land. After tanding for over 500 years as a fortress, in the 16th and 17th century, the fortress was mostly destroyed to be replaced by a comfortable and elegant palace which would serve as the residence for the kings. During the reign of each king an addition was added to the palace. It served as a palace until the French Revolution in 1789. After the French Revolution, the Louvre became the great museum that it is today. The most recent addition to the palace is the pyramids, built in the late 1980s.

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