09/19/2012 12:53 pm ET Updated Nov 19, 2012

Louvre Showcases Artworks Of Islam

THE Louvre has opened a new wing of Islamic art in an attempt to improve knowledge of a religion often viewed with suspicion in the West.

Costing nearly E100 million ($124.9m), it is funded by the French government and supported by handsome endowments from Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Kuwait, Oman and Azerbaijan. About 3000 precious works from the seventh to the 19th centuries are spread across 3000sq m over two levels.

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