Paris: The world famous
Paris museum Louvre said its new Islamic art wing helped cement
its position as the world's most-visited museum with nearly 10
million visitors in 2012, over a million more than last year.
The exact figures will be released early next year, but in the
meantime the Paris museum said there was a "remarkable progression
in Chinese visitors, who now figure in the top three groups (of
non-French visitors) alongside Americans and Brazilians".
Next came Italians and Germans, it
said in a statement that noted that its website had seen more than
11 million visitors and that its Facebook page had 800,000
The museum's new wing of Islamic
art, with about 3000 precious works from the seventh to the 19th
centuries, opened to the public in September and since then has
attracted 650,000 visitors.
Costing nearly 100 million euros
($A126 million), it is funded by the French government and
supported by endowments from Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Kuwait, Oman