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The Louvre Museum, often called simply The Louvre is one of the world's largest and most famous museums. It holds approximately 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 19th century and is visited by over 8 million visitors each year. The main departments of the museum include: Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Paintings; Prints and Drawings.
The museum is located in the Louvre Palace, which was originally constructed in 12th century as a fortress, and then rebuilt multiply times. It was decided to become a museum building during the French Revolution. The size of the collection increased under Napoleon, and the museum was briefly named after him.
The controversial glass pyramids were constructed between 1983-1988 as a part of the Grands Louvre project initiated by the French president Fran�ois Mitterrand.
January 25th, 2013
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