Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Millions Visit the Louvre Last Year

The Musée du Louvre in Paris was the world’s most visited museum in 2008 with 8.5 million visitors. That's roughly like having the entire city of London file through the art complex in one year. The Louvre houses 35,000 works of art displayed in over 60,000 square meters of exhibition space dedicated to the permanent collections. And while the world's most popular museum has been open to the public since 1793, it has existed in some architectural form beginning in the 12th Century when King Philippe Auguste built a fortress on the banks of the Seine to protect the capital from the Anglo-Norman threat.

Photo by Al Ianni, courtesy Flickr

Just about this time 5 years ago, we were in Paris for about 36 hours and tried to make it there. Unfortunately it was closed during our available time slot. I'd personally like to spend several days there soaking in one of the richest collections of art in the world. What we did manage to see in such a short time was the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and Versailles, an incredible place I will never forget. So here's to next time and the Louvre.--Ruth Mitchell

The Dauphin's Bedchamber - Photo Ruth Mitchell

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