When planning to experience an iconic museum like the Louvre, it’s best to go prepared. That said, I present some of the unique and interesting facts about the Louvre Museum in Paris.
While visiting Paris, don’t visit the Louvre museum just in daytime, I highly recommend visiting the illuminated Louvre Museum in the evening. The Louvre Museum is home to some of the most beautiful paintings which makes it a must for an art aficionado. Even if you are short on time, try to spare a few hours from your Paris itinerary in the late afternoon hours so that you can catch a glimpse of the shinning Louvre pyramid when the sun sets. I’m going to present some of the less-known and interesting facts about the Louvre Museum.
Interesting facts about The Louvre Museum
The Louvre Museum has been on my bucket list for a long time. The movies being shot around the Louvre Museums and its World War II history always intrigued me. So, I present some of the mind-blowing & interesting facts about the Louvre Museum –
Louvre Museum commenced as a Fort/Bastion
Symbolizing wealth & power of the French Empire. It was designed under Europe’s most successful ruler – Philip Augustus (Philip II) in a way to prevent invasion and 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 the 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 many 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.
The Louvre Museum 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. This shook me too, definitely one of the most facts about the Louvre Museum for me, what about you?
The Louvre Museum 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. Is this one of the most interesting facts about The Louvre Museum you’ve heard till now?
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The Louvre Museum
The visit to the French capital cannot be complete without a visit to the quintessential Louvre Museum. World’s largest museum (area wise) ~ Louvre is a major landmark associated with Paris city. The museum started somewhere in the 1790s & now showcases thousands of the world’s finest artworks. Louvre Museum is World’s Second most visited Museum recognized for its architecture, renowned art collection, sculptures, and paintings including the iconic Mona Lisa.
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The Louvre museum comprises of two main attractions – one being the Musée du Louvre itself and the other being Arc De Triomphe Du Carrousel.
As I entered the premises, I was completely mesmerized by the grandeur of the museum. Over the years, various movies were 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 the evening) is a must.
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Arc De Triomphe Du Carrousel
The Arc De Triomphe Du Carrousel 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 Palace. Although 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 Arc De Triomphe Du Carrousel 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.
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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?
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This is an informative post. I am hoping to visit Paris Fall, this guide will be helpful
Thanks for sharing
Hope you have a wonderful trip 🙂
Sucb an interesting read! Wish I knew all of this when I travelled to Paris 🙈
Fascinating facts! I didn’t know most of this!!
Glad you liked them 🙂
What a beautiful museum…it doesn’t disappoint and well worth fighting the crowds for a visit. Still, I did not know that it was the world’s largest museum.
Now you know 🙂
Wow, it is the world’s second most visited museum? That’s amazing! I loved my visit but didn’t even think about visiting at night. Thanks for the tip.
Glad you liked the tips 🙂
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The louvre is probably one of the few reasons why I’d like to visit Paris someday. The famous artwork, the architecture, and the interesting history.
Same for me 😉 It was probably the highlight of my trip 🙂
wow, I didn’t know most of these facts. thanks for sharing. It’s definitely helpful to learn this before embarking on our trip here.
Glad you found it helpful!
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!
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 😀
wish to see this myself too! Famous sites to wander on Paris!!!!
Hope to get visit them soon 🙂
Really interesting! I had no idea that it used to be a fortress! But I can totally see the palace 😉
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
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!
So glad to pass some of the information I learned🙂
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!).
Wow that’s awesome. I too want to go back..🙂
gaaaaah!! Paris seems so lovely! have never been to Europe but Paris will surely be one of the first citis I’ll visit when I come over 🤩
Ohh I’m sure you’ll love it👍🏻
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. 🙂
I agree!! I loved the place in a whole.
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Great post! Thanks for all the information. Such beautiful photos too 🙂
Glad you liked it🙂
great information provided about the Louvre, beautiful photos
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i love your photos of the exterior. They are really beautiful.
Thank you..Glad you liked the pictures 🙂
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Great post Really stunning images 🙂
Paris is on my (long!) list of places to visit, the Louvre pyramid is quite spectacular, and yes, visiting somewhere is always a good way to learn about history 🙂
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 😉 )