» France, Paris XXXI: Jardin des Tuileries and the Non-Existent Palace
France, Paris XXXI: Jardin des Tuileries and the Non-Existent Palace
Last week we saw Vendôme square and moved to Rivoli street. Right there are many important buildings we took look at in the first days of our tour de Paris. This time we chose to see a street opposite to Rivoli as the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries is located over there.
Jardin des Tuileries is on one side lined by the Place de la Concorde and Louvre. We entered the gardens through the gate located in its middle. It is hard to describe this place yet we give it a try. It is an oasis in the center of a big city. Hundreds upon hundreds of people find peace there sitting on benches, near beautiful fountains, and dozens marble statues. Unique atmosphere is enriched with flora. Iris blossomed at the time of our stay there together with other flowers, monumental trees, cut bushs and grass crisscrossed with gravel pathways. Simply put, Jardin des Tuileries are ideal place to relax and for family walks. There are fountains, a pool to cool oneself down during hot summer days; or water surfaces suitable for sailing on miniature sailboats for children.
Park is also a unique exhibition grounds for modern art and sculptures. During the year you can admire various exhibitions there. Former Orangerie is located in its western part. There are museums displaying works of impressionists and post-impressionists. We saw only the outside. Then we moved to the part where were chairs. Soon we found a place where to sit, meditate, and watch people passing by. Also, we saw some people sunbathing, or some who devoted all of their attention to popular French game of Pétanque. We did not forget to peak into our guidebook.
We learned that the gardens are located on the place of former Tuileries Palace and its park. Founded in 1564 it has been gradually rebuilt to its current form. Today the non-existent palace lined the west end of Louvre’s courtyard. In 1871, during the raid against the Paris Commune and subsequent great fire it was demolished. Hence there was a vast open space to Louvre’s west. The palace served to French queens, and empresses – wives of French rulers. Mostly, however, it served to Catherine de' Medici. Her Italian origin is apparent in Renaissance garden’s decorations. It stayed there until Louis XIV’s order to rebuilt it. The gardens saw an interesting development throughout its history. They were demolished during the French Revolution . The gardens became a part of the Olympic compounds in 1900. A fencer competition took part there. During the second world war, part of the gardens served as a garden with vegetables. During the presidency of François Mitterrand, the gardens and Louvre were renovated. The renovation sought to make the gardens look as they were in the 17th century.
An interesting fact we learned just when we were leaving, there has been an intensive effort to renovate the Tuileries Palace since 2003. The estimated cost is over 300 million euro . It would renew original purpose of the royal gardens. Whether it will work out or not, you should not miss Jardin des Tuileries when you happen to be in Paris.
Refreshed we moved to the last of city’s landmarks commonly referred to as “love bridge of locks”. We will tell you about it next week.
Text and photo : Oskár Mažgút
This is it. Our journey in Paris has came to an end. Our last destination is the legendary, beautiful, and fascinating Le Grand Louvre, or just Louvre for short. Before we even entered the world of colorful French history put in contrast to the modern France, we spent time seeing Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel.
We were excited about one of the largest museums in the world. We let ourselves go with the crowd in Louvre. It took us to the most visited and the most mysterious painting in the world - Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.
Following an exciting walk on Montaigne Street and seeing the Flame of Liberty, we moved along the Seine to see another remarkable sight of Paris .- Les Invalides. This complex of building hides a large part of French military history.
In the morning, after eating from hotel breakfast, we went to see outskirts of Paris - the suburbs, which bears the same name as the name of the famous castle complex of Versailles. Exploring this former residence of the King required a great deal of patience and fitness. You ask why? The answer can be found in the following lines.
I intended to make a trip somewhere. So I surfed on the internet to find out about my options. After while I made the decision. Paris! This trip would be short but the program would be interesting.
Immediately after seeing the Luxembourg Gardens we headed to the world famous Sorbonna University. Cardinal Richelieu himself took care of its development. for he financed its reconstruction, and he transformed once college for poor students to an important hub of education.
We will continue in our journey in Paris. We will choose a tempo of learning on history and we will also talk on beauties of nature. There are many natural wonders in Paris. Perhaps the most beautiful ones we trie to find in beautiful parks and gardens.
Our Sunday schedule seems great. Upon the breakfast we leave the hotel, give a ride to some tourists to Paris for their individual schedule, and then head to Giverna. The town is known for the fact that Claude Monet once worked there. It is charming, especially on a sunny day.
After a nice walk in the Tuileries Garden we continued to Louver we wanted to see so much. It was supposed to be a conclusion of our tour in Paris. Yet before we got to Louvre we went to the Seine to see the bridge that is a symbol of love, wishes, and friendship.
After a magical walk near luxurious boutiques on Royale street, or admiring historical buildings on La Madeleine and Garnier Opera. Last part in our series, we visited the Lafayette gallery. We wandered about in pompous spaces for people who like to shop. We saw Paris from above and walked to see another landmark in the city.
The biggest sight, the symbol and pride not only of Paris but entire France. This is world-famous Eiffel tower we visit today.
On the crossroad in front of the La Madeleine church, we decided to go in direction to Garnier Opera. Soon we were waiting in front of the neo-Baroque building. It is the largest theater in the world as it has unbelievable 11 000 m2.
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