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The Louvre, one of the greatest art galleries in the universe, was located in Paris. It became a museum in 1793, but prior to that, it had been an official residence of the French monarchy. Its cornerstone was laid in the 12th century by King Philippe Auguste while one of the first five incarnations of the Doctor watched. (AUDIO: The Church and the Crown)

An assassination attempt was made on Admiral Gaspard de Coligny on 23 August 1572 as he returned from a meeting with King Charles IX of France which had taken place at the Louvre. De Coligny survived but was killed the next day during the St Bartholomew's Day massacre. (TV: The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve)

After Napoléon Bonaparte was defeated in the Battle of Waterloo on 18 June 1815, British Army soldiers ransacked the Louvre and stole its paintings. (PROSE: Set Piece)

The Louvre held the greatest art work in the universe — the Mona Lisa. The Fourth Doctor visited it in 1979 with Romana II. (TV: City of Death) Lionel Harding visited it at least once, where he put up a fight to see the Mona Lisa longer than the twenty seconds allowed for each viewing as he loved the painting. (TV: Mona Lisa's Revenge)


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