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  • Originally constructed as a fortress in the 12th century, the Louvre has dominated central

  • Paris ever since. After centuries as a royal palace and through many expansions and renovations,

  • the vast and ornately decorated complex of buildings was gradually given over to its

  • role as a gallery and museum from the time of Louis XV, with the first exhibition held

  • in 1750. This move accelerated dramatically during the French Revolution, although it

  • was not until 1981 that the entire complex became a museum, when the French Ministry

  • of Finance was moved from the site. The Louvre contains so many exhibits, collected over

  • so great a period of time, that if one were to view each for just a few seconds, it would

  • take many months to see all of them.

  • The striking, modern pyramid rising from the centre of the Cour Napoleon was opened in

  • 1989 in order to improve visitor access and amenity. Its central location as the main

  • entrance allows visitors easy access to some of the most important parts of the vast complex.

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