Jardin des Tuileries
One of the largest and best known parks in Paris is the Tuileries (Jardin des Tuileries). When Catherine de Médicis had a palace built in 1563 on a site extending along the whole length of what is now Avenue du Général-Lemonnier, close to the Louvre, she named it the Tuileries after the tile-works which had previously occupied the site.
Jardin des Tuileries Map
Opening hours: 9am-6pm
Entrance fee: FREE
Transit: Metro: Tuileries, Concorde; Bus: 24, 42, 52, 68, 69, 72, 73, 84, 94.
Musée de l'Orangerie des Tuileries
The Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris contains works of the Impressionists and the modern schools, including Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, Derain, Soutine, Picasso and Monet's "Les Grandes Nymphéas" (water-lilies).
Address: Jardin de Tuileries, F-75001 Paris, France
Opening hours: 12:30pm-7pm; Fri: 12:30pm-9pm; Closed: Tue
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), May Day / Labor Day (May 1), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee in EUR: Adult €6.50, Concession or reduced rate €4.50
Useful tips: Free entry on the first Sunday of each month. Group visit and tour guide reserve 21 days in advance. Documentation in foreign languages available.
Disability Access: Full facilities for persons with disabilities.
Guides: Guided tour included with admission.
Facilities: Gift shop, Wheelchair loan or rental
Transit: Metro line 1, 8 or 12 : Concorde
Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, originally the grand entrance to the courtyard of the Tuileries Palace, is a reproduction of the Arch of Septimius Severus in Rome. It was built in 1806-08 (architects Percier and Fontaine) to commemorate Napoleon's victories. The imposing chariot which crowns the arch was the work of F.- J. Bosio (1828). With the destruction of the Tuileries the arch lost its function as the entrance to the palace, and it now looks rather isolated. "Carrousel" was the name of the equestrian games in a medieval tournament, and the square is named after the carrousel held during the celebrations in honor of the birth of the Dauphin, Louis XIV's son, in 1662.Be sure to stand directly beneath the arch to see the magnificent view along the axis that runs from the Louvre through the Tuileries, Place de la Concorde, the Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe and Avenue de la Grande Armée. You should be able to see as far as La Défense.