Fun Facts about Louvre Museum

While visiting Paris, don’t visit the museum just in daytime, I highly recommend visiting the illuminated Louvre in the evening. Even if you are short on time, try to spare a few hours from your itinerary in the late afternoon hours so that you can catch a glimpse of the shinning Louvre pyramid when the sun sets.


The museum comprises of two main attractions – one being the Musée du Louvre itself and the other being Arc De Triomphe Du Carrousel.


#Louvre Museum

The visit to the French capital cannot be complete without a visit the quintessential Louvre Museum. World’s largest museum (area wise) ~ Louvre is a major landmark associated with Paris city. The museum was launched somewhere in 1790’s & now showcases thousands of world’s finest artworks. Louvre is World’s Second Most Visited Museum recognized for its architecture, renowned art collection, sculptures, and paintings including the iconic Mona Lisa.


As I entered the premises, I was completely mesmerized by the grandeur of the museum. Over the years, various movies have been shot in the museum, although most notably a thriller – Da Vinci Code – put the spotlight on the museum, if you’re a Dan Brown fan and want to live the ‘Da Vinci Moment‘ – visiting Louvre(in evening) is a must. 

#Fun facts about the museum –

– Louvre commenced as a Fort/Bastionsymbolizing wealth & power of French Empire. It was designed under the Europe’s most successful ruler – Philip Augustus (Philip IIin a way to prevent invasion and also used for shielding purposes.



– The fortress was destroyed to be converted into a Royal Residence– It was first modified in the 14th century and was demolished later in the 15th century as Francis I rooted for a new renaissance style structure. Francis I is known to promote French language and is hence recognized as ‘The Father & Restorer of Letters‘. As a prodigious art lover, he magnetized various Italian artist and also invited Leonardo Da Vinci who then brought Mona Lisa to France.

– Louvre was not Mona Lisa’s first royal home Post Da Vinci’s death in 1519, purchasing the painting from his assistant, Francis I kept the painting for numerous years in a variety of royal palaces. When the French Monarchy fell and the Louvre was declared as a Museum, it was the time when Mona Lisa found its permanent home.




– Louvre was temporarily renamed as ‘Musée Napoleon’When Napoleon Bonaparte took over France, he took everything under his power and renamed the centuries-old museum with his name. After Napoleon’s fall in the 18th century, the museum regained its name back.

– Louvre served as a clearinghouse during Nazi reign in WW II When a massive army was approaching France, the custodians of the museum decided to evacuate the museum including all the artwork, except sculptures as they were difficult to move. When Nazis ordered the re-opening of the Louvre museum they found the museum to be empty and hence converted it to a storeroom.

#Arc De Triomphe Du Carrousel

The monument was built at the beginning of the eighteenth century by Napoleon I to celebrate his victory of 1805 war. The arch was originally envisioned to be an entry point for Tuileries PalaceAlthough fire demolished the Palace towards the end of the eighteenth century, it was then decided that the arch is well-suited to be a stand-alone monument for great views of Champ-Elysées.


The monument has a beautiful structure in tones of rose-gold and is built on the models of Arch of Septimius Severus & Arch of Constantine in Rome. Quadriga – A chariot pulled by four horses with peace propagators – was placed at the top of the monument. Napoleon brought the original Quadriga aka “The Horses of Saint Mark’s” from St. Mark Basilica in Venice, but were later returned in 1815 and a copy of the same structure was made to crown the Arch. The upper band of the arch proudly showcases the soldiers who served in the Napoleonic army.


I actually did intensive research after visiting the Louvre Museum admiring its architecture & art and have now developed a deep interest in European History. In fact, I’m even planning to purchase/borrow some books to gain more insights on the same. Isn’t it wonderful, how merely by visiting some places you develop a sense of inquisitiveness and aspire to dig for more information?

Have you been to Louvre Museum yet?? Share your experience with me!!

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— The Wanderer

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  1. I didn’t know that about the fire and the Arc De Triomphe Du Carrousel! You’re right though, the arch is well-suited as a stand-alone monument for great views of Champ-Elysées! I adore Paris and can’t wait to go back! I’ll definitely have to take your advice about visiting the illuminated Louvre in the evening!


    1. Yes that was an interesting fact, how different it would have been if the fire hadn’t destroyed the palace! I think even I can go back to Paris any number of times 😀


  2. Totally agree. And these are the primary reasons such a huge crowd is attracted to Louvre every single day. And even we went there on our short trip to Paris, although there were so many other options of places to go to


  3. You know, as many times as I’ve visited Paris and gone to the Louvre, I didn’t take the time to actually read up in detail about the history of this place! Half of the stuff you’ve listed – I didn’t even know about! Thank you for sharing – I learned something today!


  4. Oh wow, I love all these facts about the Louvre. Since you mentioned the Da Vinci Code, I visited Paris when the movie was being filmed. We passed by at night and saw all the cameras and heavy equipment. They filmed at night since they didn’t want to interrupt visits during the day. That was a great experience and I want to go back (of course!).

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  5. Love it! Louvre Museum is more than just an element in the movie The Vinci Code, I like that you shared a different side of it and its glorious role in our history. We only had a short time at the museum when we visited Paris and I wish we had more. This structure holds so much art and wisdom than just being a background in photos. 🙂

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    1. Yes, you must plan(Soon:-) ) I’m telling you my personal experience – Paris has given me some great memories and became the city I love the most where I can return there anytime(& every time). You’ll also love Louvre pyramid(like love on first sight 😉 )

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