Building history

Remains of the original fort on which to build the palace.
The Louvre and its pyramid seen from the Arc de carousel.
The building that houses the museum is the palace of the Louvre. Its origin is in a twelfth-century fortress, with extensions and other Renaissance later. In the building accumulate King Charles V its artistic collections. Subsequent monarchs Francis I and Henry II’s palace planned reforms, making the true Renaissance royal residence. She was the queen Catherine de Medicis which outline the project that became the great palace of the Louvre which is currently ongoing work that Henry IV after the wars of religion.
The construction of the Palace of Versailles was that the Louvre would be empty by the royal family, and so is installed in, as in the eighteenth century the French Academy first, and then the other academies. There were held annual exhibitions of the Academy of Painting and Sculpture.
Palais du Louvre was affected by a decree from May 1791 to functions of art and science, concentrating in the following year’s collections of the crown. Part of the Palais du Louvre first opened to the public as a museum on November 8, 1793, during the French Revolution. This was a logical solution, since it was occupied by the academies, and because, as in 1778, had been drafted to use the Grand Gallery as a gallery
He joined the palace des Tuileries forming a single set until 1870, when the latter was destroyed in acts of the Commune of Paris, while also destroying the artistic treasures of the palace.
The last remodeling was the glass pyramid that serves as an entry from 1989, designed by Ieoh Ming Pei.
In March 2004 announced a new expansion of this museum. Will be dedicated to the art of Islam. For its design will convene an international competition in 2005. Opened in 2008 with an investment of 50 million euros for this project.
The courtyard of the Louvre Museum at night, with the pyramid displayed in the center.

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