The Tuileries Gardens are located in the immediate vicinity of the Louvre . This is a perfect place for slow walks. In the XVII century, Colbert (who was, among other titles, the supreme commissary of royal buildings during the reign of Louis XIV) ordered garden architect Andre Le Notre to make a beautiful park. The garden looks today just the way it looked during those days. If you walk through the park, you will find yourself on Concorde Square , which is decorated with a Luxor obelisk of Ramses II. Walk a bit further, and you will reach Place Vendome famous for its numerous jewelry shops.
The Royal Palace.
The Royal Palace (Palais Royal) is located opposite to the northern wing of the Louvre. The palace was built in 1632 by order of Cardinal Richelieu. During the Paris Commune of 1871 the palace was set on fire. The restoration works were started in 1875. After this the palace has become home to the State Council, the Constitutional Council and the Ministry of Culture. Beautiful arcades of Palais Royal are the place where you can walk to antique shops, which are located around 252 striped columns made by sculptor Daniel Buren. Visitors can also enjoy their free time in the garden created by Cardinal Richelieu. The garden is surrounded by buildings constructed during the reign of Louis Philippe d'Orleans.
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