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Discover that the building, first called “Hôtel de Foix” at the end of the 17th century, is still bestowed with the two magnificent Louis XV facades!
The Tuileries district is dominated by the Louvre, whose turbulent history has left us with one of the greatest museums in the world.
The Tuileries and Palais Royal gardens and the Place Vendôme, Place des Victoires and Place de la Concorde rub shoulders with the palaces, making this district a busy place for its hotels and luxury boutiques.
The first arrondissement is situated on the right bank of the Seine and stretches from the Tuileries Garden to the Boulevard Sébastopol, as well as from the Place des Victoires to the Seine. Seat of the French monarchy, the Kings of France lived there for centuries, in particular in the Louvre Palace which was originally a castle built by King Philip Augustus in 1190 to fight against the invasion of the Anglo-Normans. The Kings of France, including Charles V, repeatedly rebuilt it over five centuries. It faced the Palais des Tuileries, and its garden was built by Catherine de Médicis in 1583.
During the Louvre fire, the Tuileries Palace was destroyed but its garden survived. The Louvre was restored in the 19th century and later renovated by President François Mitterrand who commissioned the glass pyramid, completed in 1989.
Today, thanks to its many monuments, the first arrondissement is one of the most visited places in Paris. It’s brimming with beautiful monuments, museums, and palaces, as well as cafés, restaurants and shops, all lined with pedestrian streets and major public transport stations.
Strolling through the streets of the first arrondissement allows you to discover the history and art that are omnipresent there. They offer a wide choice of dining experiences and are a great option for a business meal or with family or friends. All activities can be found here, from culture to shopping while taking long strolls along the Seine.
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