Visit one of the most celebrated museums in the world, home of Dan Vinci's Mona Lisa.
The Louvre, in its successive architectural metamorphoses, has dominated central Paris since the late 12th century. Built on the city's western edge, the original structure was gradually engulfed as the city grew. The dark fortress of the early days was transformed into the modernized dwelling of François I and, later, the sumptuous palace of the Sun King, Louis XIV.
The Louvre is both a historic monument and the world's largest museums. Up to 35,000 objects from pre-history to the 21st Century are exhibited there. With more than 9.7 million visitors each year, it is the world's most visited museum. It is the permanent home of the most famous painting in the world: Da Vinci's Mona Lisa.
Queues are certain to be long for the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions alike, especially at the weekend.
Musée du Louvre
Musée du Louvre, 75058 Paris