Musée de Louvre

The first royal “Castle of the Louvre” was founded in what was then the western edge of Paris by Philip Augustus in 1190, as a fortified royal palace to defend Paris on its west against Plantagenêt attacks. The first building in the existing Louvre was begun in 1535, after demolition of the old Castle.

Now the Musee du Louvre, the former home of the kings of France, is one of the largest museums in the world.

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