Mona Lisa - tourist trap or must-see?

2013-10-03 10:57
It may be the world's most famous painting, but when you see the Mona Lisa for the first time chances are pretty good you'll feel a little underwhelmed.

It's pretty, but just so... small!

Combined with the fact that there is always a sea of people crowding around it to catch even just a fleeting glimpse, it's really no surprise that Leonardo da Vinci's half-smiling heroine has come to be counted among many-a traveller's worst tourist traps.

We asked our readers, Facebook friends and Twitter followers if they thought the Mona Lisa was a must-see attraction that adds value no matter how big, small or crowded it is OR if it was a site they would easily skip during a visit to Paris.

While most people seemed to agree that the painting itself was rather underwhelming, the Louvre (where it is displayed) is well worth a visit.

This is what everyone had to say. What are your thoughts?

Sandra Joubert - Saw it on holiday in Paris in May, it was a disappointment. Such a small painting, there is much better ones at the Louvre (via email)

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