1. Musée du Louvre, Paris

The Louvre has to be the ultimate gallery in Europe, possibly even the world. The former royal palace was transformed into a national museum in 1793 in accordance with the egalitarian values of the French Revolution. These days, it attracts more than 8 million visitors a year, and no trip to Paris is complete without at least one visit to the magnificent building. One day is not enough to see all 70,000 pieces of art spread across more than 650,000 square feet of gallery space. Most people just select the areas they are most interested in and head toward the most famous paintings: Leonardo's Mona Lisa, Rigaud's Louis XIV, and Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People. However, the miles of corridors and staircases also lead to some exquisite sculptures, including the Venus de Milo, The Winged Victory of Samothrace, and two of Michelangelo's Slaves. Although every possible French painter is represented in its hallowed halls, it's a truly international collection, as the wing dedicated to Egyptian antiquities proves. Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt, and Raphael are also well represented.

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