From the Napoleon Courtyard and the glass and metal pyramid by architect I. M. Pei, you enter the museum to visit everything from the statue of the Cavelier Rampin (the Rampin Rider, about 550 BC) and Greek antiquities to the Mona Lisa (Leonardo da Vinci, circa 1503 to 1519).
Housed in the former residence of the kings of France, the Louvre is one of the most spectacular and popular museums in the world with nearly 9.5 million visitors a year. The Louvre covers a time period that stretches from antiquity to 1848, and a geographical area that extends from Western Europe to Iran, via Greece, Egypt and the Middle East. In its 60,000 square metres of exhibition space are 35,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramics, and archaeological objects.
Since September 2012, there has been a new department dedicated to the arts of Islam in the Visconti Courtyard.
Musée du Louvre
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