Saturday, July 23, 2011

Jardin des Tuileries

The Jardin des Tuileries is located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, it's a 25.5 ha park and it's the largest and oldest public garden in Paris.
It was created by the queen Catherine de Medicis in 1564. 
The garden goes from the Louvre Museum (east) to the Place de la Concorde (west). From the garden you have some views of those Paris attractions.

The Jardin des Tuileries is composed of a large alley, with a round ornamental lake in the east and an hexagonal ornamental lake in the west . In the edge of the Garden, on the north there is a terrace called terrasse des Feuillants (alongside the Rue de Rivoli) and in the south, you have the terrasse du bord de l'eau (alongside the Quai des Tuileries and the Seine).

The Tuileries Garden is full of several statues (Maillol, Rodin, Coysevox, Coustou...), but also more modern and contemporary sculptures.
In the corner of the Garden, there are 2 buildings:
-the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume in the north-west (Museum of contemporary art)
-the Musée de l' Orangerie in the south-west (impressionist and post-impressionist paintings)
It's administratively connected to the Louvre Museum.

During the week-end and on public holidays (and generally between March to November), a free visit of the Jardin des Tuileries is organized, for 1h15 and only in french . The departure occurs at 3h30pm at the Arc de triomphe du Carrousel du Louvre.

To visit the Garden des Tuileries you can take the Paris metro line:
-Paris metro line Concorde station (Paris metro line 1, Paris metro 8 and Paris metro 12)
-Paris metro line Tuileries station (Paris metro line 1)
Or you can use the Paris rer Musée d'Orsay station: Rer C

The wondrous alley and the majestic set of trees allows visitors to benefit from peaceful walks. On the west entrance you can admire the statue of Coysevox, a copy of the Original.
The original is in the Louvre Museum:

Paris - Musée du Louvre - La Renommée montée sur Pégase 

In the Jardin des Tuileries, there are also restaurants and activities for children.

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