Louvre Museum in Paris
Louvre Museum - is one of the largest art museums in the world. But the Louvre was not always a museum. The very first construction of its architectural ensemble - Large Tower Louvre - the castle-fortress, built in 1190 to protect the lower reaches of the Seine from the incursions of the Viking Age. Over the next centuries the Louvre several times being completed. Thus, under Louis XIV, he became more in as many as four times. It is true, then the "Sun King" for some reason decided not to live in the Louvre, and made his new residence of Versailles. Since the beginning of the XVIII century also began to sound more and more proposals to transform the Louvre into a museum.
Today, the Louvre museum funds account for almost 400,000 units. Here is the collection of the artifacts brought back from the entire territory from Western Europe to Iran through Greece, Egypt and the Middle East. Exposition of the Louvre to the period up to 1848. Exhibits other eras are located in other museums in the capital. Among the most famous - the code of Hammurabi, the Venus de Milo, Mona Lisa, a series of paintings by Rembrandt, Titian and other masterpieces of world art, and historical sites. Due to its popularity the Louvre Museum in Paris, often appears in the plots of literary works and feature film scripts.