10 Things You May Not Know About the Louvre in Paris

#6. Axe Historique

The Louvre is the nucleus of a 5Km architectural line running through Central Paris to the West known as Axe Historique.

#7. The Mona Lisa and The Louvre

The Mona Lisa and The Louvre

The very famous Da Vinci painting Mona Lisa hasn’t always graced the walls of The Louvre. It was earlier shut behind the walls of various palaces and was only displayed after the fall of monarchy. Even Napoleon Bonaparte had it hung on his bedroom wall. Then again, it was stolen by an Italian and returned quite later.

#8. A Nazi Clearinghouse

During WW2, the Nazis decided to use part of the museum as a clearinghouse to catalog, package, ship art and personal items snatched away from the wealthy French.

#9. Renaming

When Napoleon came to power, he renamed the museum to Musee Napoleon and he expanded the collection. However, once he was defeated, over 5,000 pieces were returned to their rightful owners.

#10. Spooky!

The Louvre also has its own ghost story. It is said to be haunted by a mummy called Belphegor. The nearby Tuileroes Gardens are also said to be haunted by a man dressed in red.

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