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Jardin des Tuileries

Paris

France

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Project for Public Spaces
 on 
August 8, 2002
December 14, 2017

Tuileries Palace encloses the western end of the Louvre and the formal seventeenth century gardens that make up the central-most park in Paris, stretching from the Louvre to the Place de Concorde, and bordered by the Seine.

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Recently renovated and separated from car traffic, the enchanting Jardin des Tuileries is the site of varied public activity. It is spread with fountains, and sculpture, cafes and meeting places, formal gardens and seating. Its central location is very accessible from different metro and bus lines making it a popular destination point for friends, families and pets.

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History & Background

These tranquil gardens have a bloody history. Louis the XVI and Marie Antoinette were held prisoner in the palace, after being routed from Versailles during the French Revolution, and the siege at the Tuileries by the Parisian mob at the close of the revolution in 1893 left a thousand dead. The Tuileries Palace was looted and burned once again during the Paris Commune. The Tuileries Gardens were one of the first to open to the public, and have served as a proto-type for public gardens across Europe. Even at that time, the gardens boasted cafes and kiosks, places where people of all social classes could meet and relax. A recent renovation of the gardens has incorporated them into the extended Louvre and Grand Axis vista.

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