Louvre Museum is the biggest art museums in the world; however, this status has also made it susceptible to many controversies and scandals over the years. Most people on a private Louvre Museum tour fail to appreciate the mysteries surrounding the place. Below are some of the quirkier myths about Louvre museum.
Storehouse during The Nazi Occupation Of Paris
During the Second World War when the Nazis were moving towards Paris, the staffs of the museum hid many important paintings in the museum so as to keep them safe. This means by the time the Nazis finally reached the city, most of Louvre Museum was empty. The Nazis used it as a storehouse for the artworks which they had already acquired from the Amber Room in Russia.
The Myth of Glass
The urban legends featuring Paris hint that the main pyramid located in the central courtyard of the museum is made up of 666 (the number of the beast in the Book of Revelation) glass panels, and that the total structure of the museum is based on the number 6. Many people believed that the pyramid was actually dedicated to the power of the beast. This subject came up in full force during the 80s, with many newspapers mentioned the number specifically. However, officials at the museum have consistently held that the museum was constructed using 673 glass panels. The elementary arithmetic too, suggests the entire pyramid has just that number of panels in total.
The Mona Lisa displayed here May Be a Copy
The Mona Lisa is regarded to be one of the most important artworks held by this museum. The painting is also one of the most famous ones ever finished by Leonardo da Vinci. Did you know it was stolen once and returned a couple of years later? Many claim the latter event actually happened but who really knows? There is a long-running theory that the painting displayed right now at the Louvre might be just a copy.
What “Louvre” Means
The most visited museum in the world has a mysterious name. Many specialists had searched for its roots and come up with theories thereof. One suggests that the name may have come from the ancient French term “lower” or “lauern” meaning “watchtower”. In order to sustain this argument, people suggest that there may have been a watchtower in the very place where Louvre is now standing, at the time of the Normandy invasions.