Even though the Tuileries garden is now highly enjoyed by Parisians and tourists, we often forget that a palace used to stand there in this beautiful green setting. And yet, the Tuileries Palace was the starting point of Paris historic main road, giving a wonderful perspective on the Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde.
Ordered by Queen Catherine of Medici, the Tuileries Palace was named after the tile factory it was built over in 1564. It became the Parisian stay of many French rulers including kings Henri IV, and Louis XIV, as well as Emperor Napoleon 1. Devastated by a fire in 1871 during the Paris Commune, the Palace has been destroyed and remnants are now to be found abroad.
But some remnants of the Tuileries Palace stayed in Paris, and sometimes far from their original location. To find them, you have to complete a true paper chase. So, where can you see remnants of the Tuileries Palace in Paris?
Let us start with the starting point: the Tuileries garden. Towards the entrance by the Place de la Concorde, you can find an arch. There were two of them originally, and they were called the Arcades de Delorme et Bullant. They have been removed in 1993 to be restored but only one of them has been put back on in 2011. And you can discover it at the foot of the Jeu de Paume.
Then, head to the Louvre. In the Cour Marly, carefully look and you will notice the entrance of a passage is marked by a beautiful arched surrounded by two columns. In the Galeries du Carrousel du Louvre, several statues from the Tuileries Palace are displayed.
Walk away from the former location of the Tuileries Palace to head to the Marais. A stone’s throw from the Musée Carnavalet taking us to the History of Paris, a lovely green and rather secret place catches your eyes. This is the Square Georges Caïn. Its specificity? It houses several remnants of now gone buildings and doubles as Musée Carnavalet’s stone warehouse. You can then discover the pediment of the Tuileries Palace main pavilion, still blackened by the flames.
Other elements are also to be found in other famous places in Paris including the Trocadéro garden, the Luxembourg garden, within the Hôtel de Rochechouart, and the courtyard of the School of Fine Arts. If you walk along the rue Murillo in Paris 8th arrondissement, stop and have a look at the 9th. In this small courtyard, hidden behind climbing plants, you can see a bust. It used to stand in the Tuileries Palace as well. Roam around Paris and keep your eyes peeled!