Louvre's Evolution From Paris Watchtower to Massive Museum

Louvre's Evolution From Paris Watchtower to Massive Museum
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PARIS – From a medieval fortress protecting Paris to one of the world's biggest and most-visited museums, the Louvre has been reinvented many times over the centuries.

Today it attracts 10 million visitors a year, most of them tourists drawn by star attractions such as the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo.

On the 30th anniversary of the inauguration of I.M. Pei's landmark glass pyramid within one of its courtyards, here is a look back over some of the colorful episodes in the long life of the Louvre.

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