Photographer's Note

Afternoon rest in the garden

The Jardin des Tuileries is Paris's most central garden. It connects the Louvre with the Place de la Concorde and forms a part of the large central axis between the Louvre and La Défense.

Between 1660 and 1664 the garden was redesigned in French formal style by André Le Nôtre, the celebrated gardener of King Louis XIV, the Sun King. Le Nôtre built a terrace along the riverbank and opened up a central axis which he extended three years later with the creation of the Champs-Elysées.
The Jardin des Tuileries was one of the first parks to open to the public and it quickly became a place to see and be seen. The Palais des Tuileries, situated near the Arc du Carrousel, was razed in 1871, opening up the view from the Louvre to the Arc de Triomphe.

The Park Today

Like the Jardin du Luxembourg, Jardin des Tuileries is one of those parks where you can grab a chair for free and sit wherever you like. It also features several fountains, two large basins, numerous sculptures and two museums, the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume and the Musée de l'Orangerie, which displays Claude Monet's large water lily paintings . Those two buildings are the only remains of the original Palais de Tuileries.

The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel (architects Percier and Fontaine) was built between 1806 and 1808 by Napoleon I following the model of the Arc of Constantine in Rome. The two arches built by Napoleon - Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and the Arc de Triomphe at Etoile, were to commemorate his victories, and the grand army who had won them. The bronze horses on top of the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel were taken from Saint-Marc of Venice. These were later returned after WWII.

The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is richly decorated in rose marble on the columns and the front paneling. It is part of the so-called Grand Ax of Paris which consists of the Grande Arch de la Defense, the Arc de Triomphe at Etoile, the Champs-Elysees, the Obélisque de Luxor at the Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and continues on to the Louvre.

It is composed of threes arches: a big one and two little ones. The arc is 63 feet high, 75 feet wide, and 24 feet deep. The two small arches are 14 feet, 16 inches high and 9 feet wide. The big arch is 21 feet high and 9 feet wide. The arc is surmounted by a group of men on horses underneath of which, one finds the names of the battles and treaties of Napoleon.

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