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How Champollion Deciphered Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs

200th anniversary of Champollion's decipherment of the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic system

The Rosetta Stone, discovered when Champollion was 8 years-old, took 23 years to crack. Champollion never saw it in his life, as it was found in Egypt, inside the wall of a fort during reinforcement works by a French military engineer. Yet the key to solving the hieroglyphic system was unlocked in Paris, when Champollion became the first person able to read ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs after 1,400 years. How did he do it?

For the 200th anniversary of the decipherment, discover how Champollion cracked the ancient egyptian hieroglyphic system.

Mona Lisa The Story Behind The Fame

Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, the story behind the fame

Why, of the thousands of treasures of the Louvre museum, is the Mona Lisa on top of the must-see list? There are two sides to Mona Lisa's story. First, that it's the most famous artwork in the world. Second, hidden behind the fame, lays a rare masterpiece by one of history's most influential artists, Leonardo da Vinci. To understand Mona Lisa, one must first discover the accident of fate that made her a global icon.

Discover the story of the Mona Lisa, its theft, fame and why it is a masterpiece.

Ancient Egypt, Paris' Obelisks And Pyramids

Egyptian style pyramid Parc Monceau Paris ancient Egypt

The story of the unexpected bonds between Paris and ancient Egypt. It might seem that the ties between Paris and ancient Egypt started with Napoléon's campaign of 1798, and the resulting discovery of the ancient Egyptian civilisation.

In fact, Egypt has been influencing Paris for well over 2,000 years.

Discover the story of the unexpected links between Paris and ancient Egypt.

The Story Of The Venus De Milo

The Venus de Milo, story of 200 years in the Louvre 1821-2021

Tackling the Louvre, if attempting to look, for one minute each, all the artworks on display would take nearly three months, eight hours a day… As for most people, a visit is the only one of their lives, there's a rush for the "must-sees." The first masterpiece visitors discover is the Venus de Milo.
For the 200th anniversary of the arrival of Venus in the Louvre, here is her story.

Discover the story of the Venus de Milo, its discovery, fame and importance.

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