Jardin des Tuileries, Paris

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From the Place du Carrousel, the Jardin des Tuileries (Tuileries Garden) offers an unbroken vista along the centreline of the Historical Axis towards the Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe and the Grande Arche.


The Tuileries Garden along the Historical Axis

The Tuileries Garden (Jardin des Tuileries) is situated between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde in the First Arrondissement of Paris.

The impeccably formal Garden of the Tuileries were designed and laid out from 1640 by André Le Nôtre along the Historical Axis that he started to trace.

The Historical Axis seen from the Louvre © French Moments

The Historical Axis seen from the Louvre © French Moments

The Tuileries Garden in autumn © French Moments

The Tuileries Garden in autumn © French Moments

The garden is bordered along all its length, by Rue de Rivoli to the North and River Seine to the South. It remains the largest and oldest public garden in Paris today.

The Tuileries Garden © French Moments

The Tuileries Garden © French Moments

Similar to those in the Luxembourg Garden, the typically Parisian seats in the Jardin des Tuileries are often portrayed in postcards or photographs. They have been placed for public use by the municipality. In summer, children can rent toy sailing boats to sail on the large pond close to the Carrousel.

The grand basin of the Tuileries Garden © French Moments

The grand basin of the Tuileries Garden © French Moments

The grand basin in the Tuileries Garden © French Moments

The grand basin in the Tuileries Garden © French Moments

The boundary of the garden and the Place de la Concorde is marked by two terraces on each side, on which two famous museums stand: the Musée de l’Orangerie (overlooking the Seine) and the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume (bordering Rue de Rivoli).

Les Nymphéas by Claude Monet on display at the Orangerie Museum © French Moments

Les Nymphéas by Claude Monet on display at the Orangerie Museum © French Moments

The former houses the famous Nymphéas from Monet, a series of water-lily paintings. The view from the top of the terrace overlooking the Place de la Concorde, the Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower in the distance is magnificent.

The Grande Roue de Paris and Eiffel Tower seen from the terrace of the Tuileries © French Moments

The Grande Roue de Paris and Eiffel Tower seen from the terrace of the Tuileries © French Moments


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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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