Autumn in Paris and a stroll through the Tuileries led us back to the Louvre. These two figures the only other strollers and we enjoyed the sense of solitude as we wandered down the avenue.
Strange to think that until 1871 when the Paris Commune burnt it to the ground, the Tuileries Palace stood just behind the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and had been the Paris residence of most of the French monarchs from its first construction in 1564 until its destruction.
As it grew over the centuries the palace finally enclosed the entire western end of the Louvre courtyard. Now not a trace of it remains and the open end of the Louvre courtyard is a stark reminder of what is missing.
This building played a vital role in the history of France and was the official residence of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette just prior to their execution and was also the location of the subsequent revolutionary assemblies who found the spacious covered riding ring preferable to the tennis court at Versailles where the first National Constituent Assembly held its sinister deliberations.
Marie de Medici was actually the one who had the first part of the palace built and I am sure she would have had something to say if petrol bomb wielding peasants had endeavored to burn the place down in her time.
So much history to have literally vanished in a puff of smoke.
If you would like to see what the Tuileries Palace looked like I found this excellent link. http://www.paris-architecture.info/PA-094.htm amazingly with photos of the original palace (before and after it was burned) and how the landscape has changed.
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