The History and Significance of the Louvre Museum in Paris

TLDR The Louvre Museum in Paris, originally built as a fortification, has evolved into a world-renowned museum with over 615,000 objects. Its collection, acquired by French rulers and expanded by Napoleon, includes iconic pieces such as the Mona Lisa and the Winged Victory of Samothrace, attracting millions of visitors annually.

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00:00 The Louvre is a massive museum in Paris with a unique collection and millions of annual visitors.
01:48 The Louvre was originally built as a fortification for the city of Paris and was later turned into a royal residence.
03:25 The Louvre was used as office space and apartments before becoming a museum during the French Revolution, and it has since expanded to include almost all of the palace.
05:00 The Louvre's collection consists of over 615,000 objects, with the majority acquired by French rulers and added to by Napoleon during his military campaigns.
06:41 During the reign of Napoleon III, the size of the Louvre's collection increased significantly, with 20,000 pieces added, and the Winged Victory of Samothrace was acquired during the period from the end of the monarchy to the start of World War II, the collection expanded mostly through donations and French-sponsored archaeological digs, and during World War II, the museum's contents were emptied and moved to the Chateau des Chambards.
08:12 The Louvre is a major tourist attraction with a staggering number of daily visitors, most of whom come to see the Mona Lisa, and it would take 100 days to see everything in the museum if you spent 30 seconds admiring each object.
09:44 The Louvre stands apart from other great museums in terms of both the size and quality of its collection.
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