The Louvre Museum in Paris, France is one of the world’s largest museums and is the most visited art museum in the world. The Musee du Louvre is a central landmark of Paris located on the city’s western edge near the bank of the Seine in the first District. The Louvre has been an important part of Paris since the late twelfth century beginning as a fortress, transforming into a home for Francois I and later into a palace for Louis XIV and finally becoming home to the museum in 1793.
Louvre is home to nearly 35,000 works of art dating from the prehistoric antiquity to the nineteenth century. A large portion of the collection consists of European paintings and sculptures while other rooms contain Roman, Egyptian, Greek and Oriental art. Some of the most famous pieces of art housed at the Louvre are the Venus De Milo, the Nike of Samothrake, the Dying Slave by Michelangelo and da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.