Jardin des Tuileries, a Garden in an Attractive Neighborhood
The Jardin des Tuileries used to be a pleasure garden of the French court when the Louvre and the Tuileries Palace (which doesn’t exist since 1871) were royal palaces. Inaugurated by Catherine de Medici in the 16th century, the garden’s purpose was to remind the queen of her native Tuscany. The Jardin des Tuileries was landscaped by Andre Le Notre in the 17th century. That’s when the Italian style garden achieved its present French style. The name of the park refers to a former clay tile manufactory (tuilerie in French) that used to be here.
You can find the Jardin des Tuileries in the 1st district (arrondissement) of Paris. The Louvre (the most visited museum in the world) and the Place de la Concorde (the largest Paris’ square) flank the garden. Rue de Rivoli (a shopping street) and the Seine River edge the park on the north and the south.
Fete des Tuileries
Fete des Tuileries is a traditional funfair in Paris, taking place from the end of June to the end of August. It is a very popular event among tourists and locals, featuring various rides and attractions. Bump cars, ghost trains, a carousel and, above everything, a giant Ferris wheel are among them.
Why you should visit the Jardin des Tuileries?
Walking along the tree-lined paths and appreciating various sculptures and floral arrangements are reasons enough for you to visit the park. In summer, come and take the Ferris wheel ride in order to experience some of the best panoramic views over the French capital. Furthermore, this pleasure garden is next to Rue de Rivoli, offering you a respite after a demanding, yet popular activity such shopping is.
In the Jardin des Tuileries, you can also pay a visit to two small museums. The Musee de l’Orangerie exhibits works of art by prominent artists (Cezanne, Picasso, Renoir…), with several Monet’s paintings from the Water Lilies series. The Jeu de Paume, another museum, displays modern and postmodern photography, videos and other media.