Hidden between several government buildings and a few steps from the Louvre Museum is a haven of peace in the heart of Paris. The Garden of the Palais Royal is a great place to stretch out after visiting the museum 🙂
I spent long and pleasant hours visiting the collection at the Louvre with a friend and we found the garden the perfect place to rest before following our itinerary. As it was spring in the city, the garden was beautiful, full of flowers!
The Garden of the Palais Royal has witnessed more than 4 centuries of French history. The palace that stands there was the residence of Louis XIV as a child and later became the property of the Orleans family, who opened the palace garden to the public and allowed the construction of shops around it, giving rise to the famous Galleries of the Palais Royal, a place of many luxury brands.
The Comédie-Française theater was also built there, which has Molière as its patron. Home to the oldest theater company in the world (and still one of the most prestigious), it always has interesting plays on schedule.
To make the most of the Jardin du Palais Royal, you can have a picnic or sit in one of the cafes located around it. Depending on the time of year, you can see an incredible variety of plant species. When I was there, there was an exhibition of roses of all kinds – one more beautiful than the other!
On the south side of the garden are the controversial Columns of Buren, created in 1986 by French conceptual artist Daniel Buren. Consisting of 260 columns of different heights striped in black and white, the installation divides personal opinions due to its contrast with the architecture of the royal palace. I consider it a fun work! I took several pictures playing between the columns! LOL
Leaving there, you can see the entrance to the Palais-Royal-Musée du Louvre station, one of the most picturesque metro stations in Paris, and continue your journey!