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The Tuileries, the Arc du Carrousel, the Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre
Jardin des Tuileries
Creative Commons AttributionJardin des Tuileries - Credit: buggolo

The 63-acre Jardin des Tuileries lies between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde. Originally belonging to the Tuileries Palace, the gardens became one of the first parks to be made available to the public. The palace itself was demolished by the Communards in 1871, thus clearing the view from the Louvre to the Arc de Triomphe. It previously occupied a position near the Arc du Carrousel: the smallest of the three arches marking the Triumphal Way between the the Louvre and la Défense and based on Rome's Arch of Constantine

Obelisk in Place de la Concorde
Creative Commons AttributionObelisk in Place de la Concorde - Credit: Andy Hay

The Place de la Concorde is situated to the west of the gardens (at the eastern end of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées) and, at 86,400 square metres, is the largest square in the French capital. Originally named Place Louis XV, in honour of the reigning king, the square was designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel in 1755.

Dominating the Place Charles de Gaulle at the western end of the Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe, which bears the names of many who fought and died for France, is interpreted as representing peace (particularly that which followed the Napoleonic Wars). Commissioned by Emperor Napoleon in 1806, the 80.5-metre high monument would not see completion until the reign of King Louis-Philippe (1833-36). It was originally modelled on the Arch of Titus in Rome, and comprises one of the three arches (two of which existed in the 1920s) that align to make the Axe historique (historical axis) of Paris. 

The Arc de Triomphe
Creative Commons AttributionThe Arc de Triomphe - Credit: ricardo.martins

The Musée du Louvre, today the most visited museum in the world, stands in what remains of the old Palais de Louvre -- a fortress constructed under Philip II towards the end of the 12th century. It was opened to the public as a museum in 1793 (for more on the Louvre see bookmark for page 7).

Le Musee Du Louvre
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeLe Musee Du Louvre - Credit: JanLendL