Once a fortress then royal palace before the king decamped to Versailles which is even bigger and grander, Louvre is now a museum since 1789 when the French beheaded their own king and queen!
The Louvre is of course the world's most famous museum as it boasts not one but 3 icons that represent artistic human achievement at its best.
Heading the list is of course Mona Lisa which popular legend says King Francis 1 used to hang it in his loo so he could admire it while pissing or shitting! But this is urban legend as 'loo' is of course 'Louvre'! And yes, it did hang in the Louvre to this day!
Then there is the Winged Victory which is under maintenance! I was so disappointed as it had vanished from the landing of the grand staircase!
Luckily Venus de Milo (named after the island not the popular chocolate drink) is in full frontal display!