THE Louvre museum (right) in Paris said on Monday (6) it would reopen this week after closing to evacuate artworks in its underground re- serves as the River Seine began to burst its banks last week
The riverside museum – the most visited in the world, home to everything from the Mona Lisa to priceless Egyptian artefacts – took the radical action after days of heavy rain in the French capital.
The Musee d’orsay, which faces the Louvre on the opposite bank of the river, also closed last (2) Thursday to put its own “protection plan” into place.
Its galleries hold the world’s greatest collection of Impressionist masterpieces, including the finest paintings by Renoir, Manet, Van Gogh and Degas, as well as 24 works by Gauguin.
Meanwhile, the Seine has begun to recede after reaching its highest level in three decades.
However, two metro stations remained closed and services on a train line that hugs the Seine was still suspended in places. Boat traffic was also suspended.