Crates and padded boxes have replaced tourists at one of the world’s biggest tourist sites.
Officials at the Louvre in Paris are moving some of the most precious artwork— including dozens of priceless Ancient Greek statues— to higher floors to protect them from possible flooding after the river Seine burst its banks following six straight days of heavy downpours.
The museum, most famous for pieces like the Winged Victory of Samothrace, the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo, also known as the Aphrodite of Milos, has about 250, 000 pieces of art in storage in its basement.
Those, along with some of the pieces on the ground floor, are being transferred to higher spots in the 225-year-old museum. Paris is expecting more torrential rain over the weekend.