Attractions and photos inside Tuileries Gardens - Page 1
One place most people visit when on holiday in Paris is the Jardin des Tuileries, and as you can see from this map pinpointing attractions and photo view points around the gardens, it is well worth the walk around, as you will get to see the many different statues, old and modern, monuments, different fountains and ponds, as well as all the trees, plants, flowers and much more within this garden that is located next to the Louvre Museum.
Today the Tuileries Gardens are free public gardens for all to enjoy, but it all started with Queen Catherine de Medici who decided she wanted a royal garden for Tuileries Palace way back in 1564, which is now a World Heritage site maintained by The Louvre.
Photo of the Tuileries Gardens and its large Ferris wheel
On a beautiful sunny day, the Tuileries Gardens are a great place to relax, especially by the water basin and its fountain on the free chairs that are set out for people to enjoy the area even more, and as you can see in this photo, they have also set up a large Ferris wheel and another fairground ride with a fun fair, ready for the Bastille Day celebrations and the summer holidays.
Smaller south east water fountain you can find in the Tuileries Gardens
Originally part of the royal gardens laid out for Queen Catherine de Medici for the Tuileries Palace that has since been destroyed, the Jardin des Tuileries has become a part of the Palais du Louvre, and here you can see a small section of the beautiful and well kept gardens with the numerous plants and flowers, along with one of the small fountains, which are free to wander around.
View of model sailing boats on north eastern pond
Even if you are on holiday in Paris with children, you will find many things to keep them occupied, and in this photograph you can see some of the model sailing boats available during the warmer weather on one of the small basins within the Grand Carre area of the Tuileries Gardens, which was an area originally laid out by the famous landscape artist Andre Le Notre.
This picture shows the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel that is next to Tuileries Gardens
We took this photo while walking down the Allee Centrale of the Jardin des Tuileries looking towards the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, which was commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte, and known as an area called the Jardin du Carrousel, to the left of the image you can also see the Kiosque Paul, which is a snack bar and takeaway providing pies, sandwiches, drinks such as chilled water etc, so it is an ideal place to stop and refuel yourselves.
Panoramic photo looking over the flower bed and Octagonal Basin in the Tuileries Gardens
Here you can see a panoramic photo that we took from the Terrasse de l'Orangerie, which is on the south west side of the Jardin des Tuileries and we were looking over the Roseraie Sud to the Basin Octagonal along with the ramps and the Fer a Cheval area in the distance, which is by the Place de la Concorde on the western side of the historical Tuileries Gardens.
La Comedie Statue in the grand Carre section of the Tuileries Gardens
The statue La Comedie in the Tuileries Gardens is located in an area known as the Grand Carre, or large square, which was originally designed by Andre Le Notre in the 17th century, who was also the landscape artist that designed the gardens of the Chateau de Versailles, yet this statue was produced by Julien Toussaint Roux in 1874 and has been in place within these gardens ever since.
The larger central water basin with fountain on the eastern side of the Tuileries Gardens
In this HD image you can see a view to the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and beyond to the famous Louvre Museum, that we took as we were approaching the round water basin with its central fountain, called the Grand Bassin Rond, which is located along the Central Alley of the Tuileries Gardens, and as you can tell, this is a popular place to relax on the free to use green chairs that are laid out.
The Musee Jeu de Paume within the Jardin des Tuileries
Located on the north western terrace of the Tuileries Gardens called the Terrasse des Feuillants you will come across a building called the Jeu de Paume, which was constructed for Napoleon III as an indoor tennis court, yet, with a fascinating history, it has now become a museum providing exhibitions on photography and film.
La Terrasse de Pomone brasserie restaurant in the Tuileries Garden
There are several different places where you can enjoy a meal or snack within the Jardin des Tuileries and here you can see a brasserie and creperie called La Terrasse de Pomone, which is located in the Grand Couvert area by the Exedre Sud and its pond with statues, providing a lovely tranquil setting with plenty of shade available.
Le Serment de Spartacus, or The Oath of Spartacus statue
We took this close up photo of a statue in the Tuileries Gardens called Le Serment de Spartacus, or The Oath of Spartacus, which was sculpted by Louis Ernest Barrias in 1869, and as you can see, you will find there is a plaque providing details about the marble statue on its base and this is positioned by the large round basin within the Grand Carre area of the garden.
North eastern Grand Carre area within Tuileries Gardens
The Jardin des Tuileries was the first royal garden to be opened to the public for promenading back in 1667 when the Tuileries Palace was abandoned by the king for Chateau de Versailles, yet the design of the garden was still being redone according to the plans of the landscape designer Andre Le Notre, who was the grandson of the gardener for Queen Catherine de Medici, and in this photo you can see the north eastern part of the Grand Carre area that was laid out at this time.
The childrens carousel merry-go-round within the Tuileries Gardens
The name carousel comes from the French Carrousel and Italien Carosello and originates from a horsemanship jousting game that turned more into dressage, which used to be performed in a circle, and the childrens ride of a carousel stemmed from this, becoming popular at fairgrounds and tourist attractions, just like this merry-go-round within the Tuileries Gardens.
Central walkway called Allee Centrale in the Tuileries Gardens looking towards the Place de la Concorde
While we were in the Tuileries Gardens we took this photo looking towards the main fountain on the central alley, called the Allee Centrale in French, and in the distance is the Place de la Concorde, which is the largest square in Paris, home to the Luxor Obelisk, and if you look carefully you can just see the column in this image, almost hidden by the trees.
One of Tuileries Gardens historical stone vases and Pavillon de Marsan
The Tuileries Gardens were originally a part of the Palais des Tuileries and have been open to the public for free for hundreds of years, but when this building was destroyed it became a part of the Palais du Louvre, and in this image looking past the historical stone vase, you can see the east and west facade of the Pavillon de Marsan in the background.
The Tuileries eastern central water basin and fountain with statues around its outside perimeter
We took this photo of the central basin and water fountain that is located along the main part of the Tuileries Gardens as you walk from the Place de la Concorde towards the famous Louvre Museum, and if you look carefully you will see that there are different statues placed around the edge, along with free seats for people to rest weary legs or just relax by the water on a lovely sunny day.
Bronze statue group by Auguste Cain of a lion and lioness fighting over a boar in the Jardin des Tuileries
Animal sculptures have been popular for centuries, and when by the steps of the Terrasse des Feuillants, which was constructed by Andre Le Notre on the northern side of the Jardin des Tuileries, you will come across a statue called the Lion et Lionne se Disputant un Sanglier, which was sculpted in bronze by Auguste Nicolas Cain, and this is just one of several animal statues within these historical gardens.
Pond with historical statues and an exedre within the Grand Couvert of the Tuileries
Within the Grand Couvert of the Tuileries Gardens, which is an area surrounded by numerous different species of trees, you will be able to discover two ponds that both contain copies of historical statues, with the originals now being held in the Musee du Louvre, and we took this photograph looking towards an exedre at the far end.
Tuileries Gardens looking eastward down the central walkway towards the Louvre Museum
Looking towards the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and the magnificent former Palais du Louvre, here you can see one of the twenty gardeners at work maintaining the impressive 7,000 square metres of the Grand Carre area that have approximately 70,000 plants and bulbs planted each year, which come from the gardens at Saint Cloud, and these are laid out in specific patterns for when they bloom, how they grow, etc.
Le Bon Samaritain statue in the Tuileries Gardens
Here you can see a photo of the stone statue in the Tuileries Gardens, which is called Le Bon Samaritain, or Good Samaritan in English, that was produced by the French sculptor Francois-Leon Sicard in 1896, and this is just one of the many statues you can discover within these historical gardens in Paris that see millions of tourists each year.
Tourist information map within the Jardin des Tuileries
You will come across numerous different tourist information maps and boards placed within strategic areas of the Tuileries Gardens, such as this one located by the Jeu de Paume Museum, yet what we found almost confusing is that the map shows the Place de Concorde to the right, yet this should be west, in other words to the left of the map. Although, having said that, where we were standing looking at the map and over the gardens, these would be the same aspect you see!
Large stone vase and the lead sculpture called Air by Aristide Maillol
This is a photo we took looking towards a part of the Musee du Louvre with its magnificent architectural details including the statues and reliefs, yet in front of this you can see one of the stone vases along with a sculpture called Air, which was produced by French sculptor Aristide Maillol, and there are several other statues by this artist located within the Jardin du Carrousel section of the Tuileries Gardens.
The Monument to Charles Perrault in Tuileries Gardens
You will also find many different monuments within the Jardin des Tuileries, both historical and newer editions, yet this image shows a photo of a monument dedicated to Charles Perrault who wrote the fairy tale of Puss in Boots along with several other stories, which have been passed down through generations and replicated in numerous languages.
View over the south eastern Grand Carre area within Jardin des Tuileries
And it was Catherine de Medici that first commissioned a garden be landscaped in the 1500s in an area of Paris that had been occupied by workshops for making roof tiles, which were known as Tuileries, and even though the gardens have been redesigned over the years, they still retain the same name of Jardin des Tuileries, which are now a part of The Louvre Museum that you can see in the background.
Marco of Tuileries Garden flower
So when visiting the Jardin des Tuileries you will have an area of more than 22 hectares to enjoy with over 2000 trees, 125,000+ plants and flowers that are annuals and perennials, which are reworked and laid out by a professional team of gardeners each year, and this is a close up photo showing just one variety of flower that can be found within these remarkable gardens.
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Tuileries Gardens, 75001, Paris, Ile de France, France
Gated area opening times April to May: 7am - 9pm June to August: 7am - 11pm September: 7am - 9pm October to March: 7:30am - 7:30pm