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The Louvre Museum in Paris is the largest museum in the world. Built as a fortified royal palace for Philip Augustus in the centre of Paris and in the axis of the Champs-Élysées, parts of it were first opened to the public as a museum on November 8, 1793, during the French Revolution.

The Richelieu Wing was built by Louis XIII. It was part of the Ministry of Economy of France, which took up most of the north wing of the palace. The Ministry was moved and the wing was renovated and turned into magnificent galleries which were inaugurated in 1993, the 200th anniversary of the Louvre Museum.

The central courtyard, occupied by the large glass Louvre Pyramid built in 1989, serves as the main entrance to the museum, it was commissioned by then French president François Mitterrand and designed by Ieoh Ming Pei. The pyramid covers the Louvre entresol and forms part of the new entrance into the museum.

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