5 Things You Didn’t Know About The Louvre

1. It’s The World’s Second Largest Museum

Coming in second only to the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Louvre holds over 35,000 objects exhibited over an area of 60,600 square metres (652,300 square feet). If you spent a mere 30 seconds viewing each piece, it would still take you 100 days to get through the entire museum (and that doesn’t include the areas that are not on display).

 

2. It Was Originally a Fortress

The Louvre was originally a fortress built by Philip II in the 12th century and despite being mostly torn down and rebuilt, parts of the first building are still visible in the crypt.

 

3. Napoleon Renamed The Louvre Musée Napoleon

Perhaps realizing the importance of the cultural institution, Napoleon renamed the Louvre after himself, choosing to deem it Musée Napoleon.

 

4. There Are Multiple Louvre Ghosts

With a building this old, this big, and with so much history, there are of course ghosts walking through the museums corridors. The most famous is a mummy called Belphegor as well as the man in red who haunts the Tulleries Gardens.

 

5. There Are Now Two Lourvres

The Louvre in Paris is undeniably one of the most famous museums in the world (if not THE most famous) but after hundreds of years as a French icon, a new Louvre has been introduced. Louvre Abu Dhabi is an ultra-modern addition to the original museum expected to open at the end of 2016 (after facing multiple delays and the opening date being pushed back from the original 2012 date).

 

(Source: The List Love)