Besides its alluring collection of Renaissance-era buildings and artifacts, Paris is also renowned across the world for its charming yet lavishly laid out gardens. Over time, they have come to symbolize the scenario of the French romance.
Le Jardin des Tuileries, most commonly known as the Tuileries Garden, is one such popular garden and public park in Paris. Situated at the center of the city amidst the Musee du Louvre and the Place de la Concorde, the Tuileries Garden is in close proximity to most of the other attractions in Paris.
The Tuileries Garden is also one among the most visited attractions in Paris with a large number of tourists flocking to this park every year. Most Paris walking tours have itineraries that include the Tuileries Garden and its surrounding places. Moreover, its fame lies in its rich historical background as well as the presence of various decorated fountains and sculptures. Described below are some fascinating facts about the Tuileries Garden in Paris.
Catherine de’ Medici
Catherine de’ Medici, who came from the prosperous and famed banking family of Florence, commissioned the building of this garden in 1564. It featured a Renaissance-inspired design and contained numerous fountains, grotto, and a labyrinth. After the death of her husband King Henry II, Catherine moved to a new residence near the Louvre and built a palace and the Tuileries Garden modeled after the gardens in her native place of Florence.
The garden is a part of the Tuileries Palace and is named after the numerous tile factories that were previously located on the site. King Louis XIV moved into the Tuileries Palace in the seventeenth century while waiting for the completion of the Palace of Versailles. The famous gardener, Andre Le Notre undertook a major re-landscaping of the garden in 1664 that transformed it to what we look at today.
Museums and Collections
The Tuileries Garden contains two museums, the Musee de l’Orangerie designed by Firmin Bourgeois in 1852 and the Gallery of Jeu de Paume. It features contemporary visual arts pieces along with numerous important traditional photographic images.
The garden is also renowned for its impressive collection of fountains and sculptures, featuring sculptures from many prominent artists of the time such as Giacometti, Jean Dubuffet, Coysevox, and Rodin. Most of the artworks are placed in the Place de la Concorde area of the park.