The beautiful Tuileries Gardens are the most central gardens in Paris. They are a natural stop after a visit of the Louvre or Musee d'Orsay at walking distance. The walk from the Louvre to the Champs Elysees across the gardens is a must do.
The beautiful 28 hectares Tuileries Gardens stretch their French style alleys and lawns along the Seine river in Paris, on the right bank in between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde. Initially a royal garden, they have been open to the public for 450 years. They are called Jardin des Tuileries in French. We warmly recommend you the Paris triomphal way walk through the gardens and up to Arc de Triomphe.
It is a good idea to book a hotel near Louvre Museum and Tuileries gardens, a central city district.
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In 1559, Queen Catherine de Medicis moved her residence to the Louvre Palace. She decided to build the Tuileries close-by, a new palace with a garden modeled after the gardens of her native Florence. Catherine commissioned a landscape architect from Florence, Bernard de Carnesse, to build an Italian Renaissance garden, with fountains, a labyrinth and a grotto. The Tuileries were the largest and most beautiful gardens in Paris at the time.
In 1664, Jean-Baptiste Colbert, the superintendent of buildings of Sun King, commissioned the landscape architect Andre Le Notre to redesign the entire gardens. Le Notre immediately began transforming the Tuileries into a formal garden a la francaise, a typically French style he had perfected at Versailles, based on symmetry, order and long perspectives. The Tuileries Palace, a historical and beautiful French Palace, was burned by the Paris Commune in 1871.
The Gardens feature two interesting museums set in similar buildings alongside Place de la Concorde. The Orangerie is mostly famous for its Claude Monet's water lilies. The collection includes twenty-five works by Auguste Renoir, fifteen works by Paul Cezanne, twelve works by Pablo Picasso, ten works by Henri Matisse, five works by Amedeo Modigliani. Open from 9am to 6pm Wenesday to Monday. Ticket price: 9 euros. The Jeu de Paume is mostly dedicated to photography exhibitions.
Loulou is the high end restaurant of Musee des Arts Decoratifs, set in the Louvre Palace. It has a great terrace with impressive views of the Louvre. Web site.
Located in the heart of the Tuileries Gardens, the Cafe des Marronniers is sheltered from the lively Rue de Rivoli. It is open every day and offers a catering service at any time of the day. As the weather permits, enjoy the outdoor tables under the shade of chestnut trees. Web site. The Cafe de Diane near-by enjoys similar advantages. Web site.
From 28 June to 24 August, a funfair animates the Tuileries Gardens. Once inside the great Fete des Jardins du Tuileries, everyone streams towards the stands.
The many attractions (the little train, the big wheel, bumper cars, etc.) continue year after year, bringing laughs, fears and excitement for children, with surprises and thrills for adults too. The funfair is located along Rue de Rivoli.
Strollers in the Tuileries can enjoy the garden as an open-air museum. Statues were installed in the early 18th century, initially for the pleasure of the young Sun King. Since then, sculptures by leading artists have continued to take their place in the garden, which also hosts an outdoor section of the International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC) every fall.
The gardens showcase a collection of twenty-one statues by Aristide Maillol (1861-1944).The subject of nearly all of Maillol's mature work is the female nude body, treated with a classical nobility and simplicity. His voluptuous female figures are reminiscent of the women Gauguin painted, but Maillol’s nudes typically exude serenity and stillness.