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"Les Jardins Tuileries" Tuileries - Jardin des Tuileries Tip by Lady_Mystique

Tuileries - Jardin des Tuileries, Paris: 80 reviews and 195 photos

  Musique dans les Jardins des Tuileries-Manet-1862
by Lady_Mystique

I must confess that when I first walked the Tuileries on a cold October day I was not impressed!! It felt like a boring spot that merely served as a 'walk-through' to other destinations nearby. I never appreciated it until I did more research on it.

The gardens are really a contradiction -- today a place for children to play, lovers to meet, and yesterday the site of great slaughter, the extension of a royal palace and a royal prison.

To appreciate the gardens you must sit quietly and see the invisible.
~~~ Imagine a large, cumbersome palace similar to the Louvre which formed the eastern edge of the side of the garden. It was built by Catherine de Medicis, a powerful and supersticious queen.

Louis XIV resided at the Tuileries Palace, while his chateau, Versailles, was being built. When he left, it was abandoned, used only as a theatre, until the return of the ill-fated royal family - Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette, their children and a few servants, who were expelled from Versailles.

The royal family attempted to escape, disguised as servants, only to be captured in Varennes, on the border of Germany, when a peasant recognised Louis from his resemblance to his coin!

They were dragged back to the Tuileries, where they were kept under guard until the most dramatic day of the French revolution - August 10, 1792 when the bells of Paris rang and the people stormed the palace in anger. The palace and once quiet gardens were left strewn with over 1,000 corpses.

The palace was restored by Napolean III only to be burned in 1871 during a confrontation with another Communard government.

The accursed palace loomed, charred and in disgrace for 12 years on the site of the present expanded Tuleries gardens.

What a great concentration of French history has taken place in what today appears only to be a classical, French garden, with children playing, lovers meeting, and hurried Parisians taking shortcuts to somewhere else

Address: Place du Louvre
Directions: Metro: Tuileries,Concorde

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 23, 2006
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