Jardin des Tuileries: 1er

Tuileries GardenJardin des Tuileries [1 Place de la Concorde (the main entrance) +33 14020904, 3€ ] is a formal, 28-hectare garden that usually acts as an open-air classroom for art students looking to hone their painting skills. Spanning from Louvre to Place de la Concorde, these gardens have been a popular destination in the past, amongst the bourgeoisie, who came to parade the grounds in their finest clothing.

Royal landscape architect, André Le Notre, designed the park’s landscape in 1664. He was also renowned for designing the parks at Versailles and Vaux-le-Vicomte. The architect structured the park along the Axe Historique/Triumphal Way (a western-bound imaginary margin which was created in the 17th century with the intend of lining up monuments and buildings across the centre of Paris), leading to avenue des Champs-Élysées, ending at the iconic Grand Arche in La Défense (Paris’ s business district).

The park remains close to its original design, as it is still well decorated with many fountains, basins, beautiful sculptures as well as two art museums, Musée de l’Orangerie and Musée Jeu de Paume.