Another Day, Another Musee
PARIS, France—The world's most visited museum was our agenda for today. With more than 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century on exhibit in an area of more than 652,000 square feet, the Louvre seemed sufficient to fill our day. It has been said that it would take one nine months to just glance at every object on display there.
The museum is housed in a former palace originally built as a fortress in the late 12th century. Many additions were made over the years by various monarchs. The museum opened in 1793 and within four years, its most famous work of art had been hung in the Louvre's galleries. Painted by Leonardo da Vinci in the early 1500s, Mona Lisa has been on permanent exhibit at the Louvre since 1797. Like so many of her visitors, we were surprised when we first saw the dimensions of the painting—only 2' 6" x 1' 9". Size isn't everything, as this popular lady proves, and we admired the painting as much as all the others who were crowded around it.
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|Ken gets photobombed at the Louvre.|