This panorama shows a small planted area off to one side from the main path through the Jardin des Tuileries. Most people simply walk through the park from the Louvre to the Place de la Concorde and miss the things shielded by the trees on either side of this.
Jardin des Tuileries - Paris visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Jardin des Tuileries' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Paris.
The Jardain des Tuileries in Paris is built on a former quarry for clay used to make tiles and it is after this that it is named (tuilerie in French). The large park and garden extends from the front of the the Louvre on the eastern edge to the Place de la Concorde on west.
As the name suggests, the Jardin des Tuileries was a garden before it became a public park. The garden belonged to the Tuileries Palace described below and now forms part of the Axe historique (historical axis) of Paris which is also sometimes called the Voie Triomphale (triumphal way). Jardin des Tuileries coves about 63 acres (25 hectares), and was designed by Andre Le Notre in 1664. The current layout faithfully retains this design.
Palais de Tuileries
In 1559 Catherine de Médicis had a Palace built at the tuileries, which was called the Palais de Tuileries and stood in front of the Louvre. It was soon extended so that one wing touched the Louvre. Over the next centuries it was enlarged again, and under Napoleon the northern gallery of the Tuileries was built in 1808. The Tuileries now spanned the entire width of the Jardin des Tuileries, enclosing the Jardin du Carrousel and obscuring the front of the Louvre.
Destruction of the Tuileries Palace
However, the Tuileries Palace only lasted until 1871 when the communist Commune rebels burnt it to the ground in a fire that lasted 2 days. The French government eventually decided to tear the palace down in 1882, opening up the front of the Louvre once again, and providing a spectacular view all the way from the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel in the Jardin du Carrousell, down the Jardin des Tuileries and beyond the Obelisque de Luxor in the Place de la Concorde, then up the Avenue des Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe on a clear day.