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the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum

People visit the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum during its official public opening, in Abu Dhabi, UAE, 11 November 2017. EPA/MAHMOUD KHALED


1. It wasn't cheap. The total cost of the project was about 1.5 billion euros ($A2.3 bn), roughly two-thirds of which was paid in exchange for the name "Louvre," as well as French expertise and loans of artwork.

2. The building's cupola has a diagonal length of 180 metres and weighs 7500 tons - not much less than the Eiffel Tower.

3. The permanent exhibition space covers 6400 square metres, while the total exhibition space is about 8600 square metres. While this is larger than most football fields, it is only a fraction of the size of the Louvre in Paris, which is more than eight times larger.

4. Underneath the cupola, the museum is made up of 55 individual buildings.

5. The Louvre Abu Dhabi has more than a dozen partner museums, including the Musee d'Orsay, the Palace of Versailles and the Centre Pompidou, as well as the Louvre in Paris, of course.

6. The heaviest exhibition piece is a statue of ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II, which weighs several tons.

7. Famous works include Leonardo da Vinci's "La Belle Ferronniere," Ai Weiwei's "Fountain of Light," Piet Mondrian's "Composition with Blue, Red and Yellow" and Vincent van Gogh's "Self-portrait."

8. Out of respect for Muslim values, nudity has been dealt with cautiously. But in Giovanni Bellini's "Madonna and Child," for example, the baby is depicted without clothes.

© DPA 2017

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