History buff? Then the Jardin des Tuileries is THE place to dive into the heart of French history all while enjoying a gorgeous walk. Paris’s oldest park was created for King Henri IV’s wife in 1564. Over the years, this park has seen many transformations contributing to its unique place as a resplendent mall linking the Champs-Elysées, the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay and the Vendôme-Opéra neighborhood. Among the most frequented parks of the city, you’ll find Parisians as well as tourists strolling through its popular paths.
Come take a walk through centuries past from the time of Catherine de Medici to the present!
Conceived for Henry IV’s wife as an Italian garden, the Jardin des Tuileries was initially intended to serve as the park of the Palais des Tuileries (former residence of the royal family). It was under Louis XIV that the park saw its most glorious transformations.
In 1666 King Louis commissioned Le Nôtre to transform the park into a French garden resulting in a lofty esplanade delineated by a set of basins and two tree-lined terraces. You’ll notice the round basin at the west entrance of the park when crossing from La Place de la Concorde on the side of the Ferris wheel and the traditional fairgrounds.
It was during this time that the mall first began resembling an outdoor museum. Ever since, myriad statues—from Coysevox to Delaplance even some exemplars of Maillol and Mercié – have graced the garden’s paths. In short, the array of artworks dazzle amateur and connoisseur alike! In addition, temporary exhibitions regularly host other great names such as Louise Bourgeois.
Alongside the big names in sculpture, embedded in a scene worthy of a 17th century movie set, you’ll catch kids kicking soccer balls, groups of men engaged in a game of boccia (or “petanque” as the Parisians call it), and bystanders absorbed in books on the sidelines.
As your walk draws to a close, check out the most recent addition to the park located on the east side behind Avenue du Général Lemonnier. Constructed on the ashes of the Palais des Tuileries, which burned down during the rule of the Commune, the Jardin du Carousel provides an amazing view of the Carousel du Louvre. Slightly overhanging the rest of the garden, with its twenty or so Maillol statues, this last garden makes for a little haven of your own.
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