HD photographs of south east pond and water fountain inside Jardin des Tuileries - Page 49
We were in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris at the Jardin des Tuileries, when we took these high definition photos showing one of the small round basins, called the Vivier sud, which is located within the south east corner of these historical gardens.
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Initially, Kings of France copied the Italian Renaissance style garden, based upon places such as the Boboli Gardens in Italy, becoming known as a French Renaissance Garden, which is how the Jardin des Tuileries first started out, yet this evolved into what was to become known as a Jardin a la Francaise.
Yet it was during the 17th century through the landscape architect Andre Le Notre, that the royal gardens of places such as Chateau de Versailles and the Palais des Tuileries, took on the style we recognise today with features such as ponds and other water features like you can see in this HD photo.
And although it was Queen Catherine de Medici that first had the Tuileries Gardens laid out for her new palace, it was King XIV that instigated the changes by commissioning Andre Le Notre to redesign them, and Le Notre was actually the grandson of a gardener for Catherine de Medici.
The idea of the true French formal garden was to use symmetry with geometrical shapes and patterns, utilising different alleys and green spaces in between, as you can see in this photo, and started in 1664, this is when this particular basin was added, which is called the Vivier Sud.
Now in this photograph you can see more of this particular section of the Tuileries Garden, which is called the Grand Carre area, and looking from the grass area called the Petit Reserve sud, you can see over the small basin of the Vivier sud to the former Palais du Louvre in the distance, which is now the famous Louvre Museum.
As you have probably guessed from what we mentioned earlier, the Vivier sud is a small round basin that is located on the south side of the Jardin des Tuileries and there is a matching one on the north side, but these are also within the eastern part of the gardens called the Grand Carre.
Also, we mentioned that there was a palace built for Catherine de Medici, which was actually positioned in front of the Palais du Louvre and the boundary where the Jardin des Tuileries started was originally where you can see the hedge as you are looking over the basin to the Pavillon de Flore of the Louvre, yet this was destroyed by fire during the Paris Commune.
Another feature that occurred within royal gardens in France, was to have fish within the ponds, especially carp, and here you can see a close up photo showing some of the different fish that were enjoying the Vivier sud Bassin, which now come under the watchful eye of a dedicated team supervised through the Musee du Louvre who have responsibility over the entire gardens.
But historical gardens like the Jardin des Tuileries do still have to be maintained for future generations to enjoy, and although this basin along with the other two in the Grand Carre area of the gardens date back to the 1600s, a new closed circuit water distribution system for the ponds was completed as recently as 2011.
In fact, parts of the banks of the River Seine including the entire Jardin des Tuileries has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991 and being situated between the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre Museum, it sees around 14 million tourists and locals visit these historical gardens every year to relax by the basins and water features, admire the statues and much more.
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