The Louvre is the world’s largest art museum and also the most visited.
It contains more than 380,000 objects and displays 35,000 works of art and averages 15,000 visitors per day.
The most instantly recognisable part for many people is the pyramid, a controversial addition made in 1989.
The large pyramid serves as the main entrance to the Louvre Museum and it has become a landmark of the city of Paris.
It’s a large glass and metal pyramid designed by Chinese-American architect I. M. Pei that is surrounded by three smaller pyramids.
The pyramid and the underground lobby beneath it were created because of problems with the Louvre’s original main entrance, which could no longer handle the enormous number of visitors on an everyday basis.
Even though it is now one of Paris’s key tourist attractions, the pyramid’s original design inspired a lot of heated debate.
Many people were unhappy with the modern design sitting slap bang in the middle of the classic French Renaissance style of the original museum.
Other concerns included the pyramid being an unsuitable symbol of death from ancient Egypt.
But thankfully all the concerns were put aside and we are now left with the iconic structure for all to enjoy.