The public garden, Tuileries Garden Paris, between The Louvre and the Concorde Square, was created back in 1564. But first after the French revolution it became a public park, from the 19th century and up till today, this has been the place where the citizens of Paris met up, relaxed, had a walk etc. It is a a beautiful piece of nature, right in the mittle of a vibrant town.
The garden was created by Catherine de Medicis, the queen of the deceased Henry II, as a private garden to her new palace near Louvre, inspired by her native Florence. The name Tuileries origins from all the small workshops making tiles, Tuileries in french, which used to occupy the land of the park.
The layout of the park has chanced several times during history, as the different kings each thought they had to have their own design of the park. Due to this both King Henry IV, Louis XIII, Loius XIV and the Louis XVI during the French revolution has had their own versions of the park.
During the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte the basic layout of the park, as we know it today was formed. He build the small triumphal arc, and fixed the line from the Place du Caroussel in front of Louvre, over the the Concorde and all the way to the end of Champ Elysees, as the axle of the park.
As a part of the Grand Louvre project, where the inverted pyramid also was a part, an belgian landscape architect remade the garden, to the layout as is has today.
Well that is the very basic stuff you need to know about the park, but a a tourist in Paris, this is a true heaven just to sit a relax for a short period of time. The very central location right at the bank of the Seine, lets you just wander into the park, in relation to all the main attractions. We have a walk here, coming from the Opera, then walked around the Louvre, and then spend some time in Tuileries Garden, before visiting the Concorde and Champ Elysees. A great time to spend a sunny day in lovely Paris.