Winged Victory of Samothrace
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Winged Victory of Samothrace

Crowds gather at the base of the famous Winged Victory of Samothrace (c 200 BC), a statue found in a sanctuary on the Greek island of Samothrace in 1863. Created to celebrate a great naval victory, the monument would have originally stood next to a reflecting pool that may have been illuminated with flickering lamps by night. It now occupies a prominent location overlooking the Escalier Daru in the Louvre Museum, Paris.