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21.01.2013 New branch of the Louvre opened in Lens

Louvre, museumA new branch of the Louvre, Louvre-Lens, opened in Lens at the end of the past year, reports Geo Meridian portal.

The branch of this world's famous museum enjoys wide popularity. For the month it was already visited by 140 thousand people. About ten percent of the visitors (13%) were foreign tourists. 

And maybe the number of visitors will continue to grow as since January, 11 the museum will be open in the evening, and from February it will work until 22:00 on the first Friday of each month.

Louvre was built in 13 century, but became the permanent residence of the French king only in 1546. It is just from that time that the glorious museum history of the Louvre began. Francisc I put down the foundation of the famous collection of this museum. And since then collection was constantly increased. For example, at the end of the 19 century it was added with artifacts of the ancient cultures of Egypt, Mesopotamia and the other countries of the Middle East.
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