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The Louvre museum is one of the most well-known destinations among visitors to Paris. People come from around the world not only to enjoy the beauty and immensity of this palace but also to discover the myriad of artistic treasures that lie within its walls.
However, the Louvre Palace did not start out as a museum. When it was first built at the beginning of the 13th century, it was conceived as a fortress meant to protect part of the city of Paris. Little by little, further construction was completed to increase the size of the structure. Both Louis IX and Charles V saw to it that the Louvre became a place fit for a king. Under Charles V, it became the royal residence. Under various French kings from the 16th to the 18th centuries, the Louvre saw even more changes, like the creation of a majestic garden called Tuileries and the construction of a large courtyard.
Today, the Louvre stretches out over an area of more than 135,000 square meters, making it the largest palace and the second largest building in all of Europe. Since the late 18th century, the Louvre has been the chosen site for housing France's most treasured pieces of artwork. For this reason, a visit to the Louvre Museum is a must-do activity for any visitor to Paris.
Roughly 35,000 works are currently presented in an exhibition space of 60,000 square meters. Covering the periods from Antiquity to 1848, the Louvre Museum reveals works from diverse eras and regions such as Ancient Greece, Western Europe and the Middle East. With such a vast collection, visitors can spend days in the museum and still only scratch the surface of what it has to offer.

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