Louvre district, commonly known as the first arrondissement (district) of Paris, is found in central Paris among 19 other arrondissements. Louvre, in particular, is the oldest arrondissement in Paris and currently the most active business wise.
The 1st arrondissement is considered a center of interest and home of loads of Paris’ history. In this district, you find some of the world’s finest restaurants and a lot of other attraction sites including numerous museums, gardens, architectural arcades, squares and streets. You would not want to miss all the goodness that Louvre, Paris has to offer so let’s go ahead and discover each of these sites below;
The Louvre museum
Paris takes pride in having the world’s biggest art museum, which is known as The Louvre. It was also rated as the world’s most visited art museum with over 1 million visitors annually, in 2018. The museum serves as a central and significant landmark of Paris. It is located next to Seine River on its right bank and is housed by the Louvre Palace which was previously known as the Louvre castle.
The museum covers an extensive area of about 72,735 square meters (approximately 18 Acres) and exhibits about 38,000 prehistoric objects which include sculptures, drawings and paintings. The whole collection of objects is split into 8 curatorial departments, namely; Greek Antiquities, Roman Antiquities, Islamic Art, Egyptian Antiquities, Near Eastern Antiquities, Etruscan Antiquities and the Decorative arts department. A humongous Louvre pyramid made of glass and metal stands on the main courtyard of Louvre Palace and serves as the main entrance to the Louvre Museum.
Museum of the Orangerie
This art gallery in Paris is situated in the far most corner of the western side of Tuileries Garden. It is a representation of the French art movements (both impressionist and post-impressionist) in the early 19th century in which there was a vivid depiction of light and color in artistic paintings. The Orangerie was initially set up in 1852 as a shelter for Tuileries Garden’s orange trees, hence its name.
Jeu de Paume National Galleries
If you are an enthusiast of photography, Galarie Nationale du Jeu de Paume is the place to visit while in Paris, France. The arts center was set up during the reign of Emperor Napoleon III as an extension of The Louvre and a duplicate of Orangerie building which already existed. Later in 1922, there was a need to make it an independent gallery to operate as a separate showroom where foreign schools would visit and learn from the various portraits in the building.
The Tuileries Garden and its Loungers
This is also a great feature found in the first arrondissement of Paris. It is situated in between The Louvre Museum and The Place de la Concorde. It serves well as both a public park and garden to Parisians as well as foreign visitors. The Tuileries garden was officially opened in 1667 as a park for public use during the French revolution and has ever since been revered by the Parisians who take fun strolls and relax in the garden.
The Tuileries Garden is defined by the fresh greenery, a breath of fresh air and the cool feel that is brought about by a touch of pure nature. That is not all that Tuileries has to offer because the site is well endowed with all sorts of public entertainment. Some of its entertainment complexes in the garden include acrobatic plays, stands selling toys, puppet theatres, donkey rides and lemonade stands.
The Green Galant Square
Commonly known as the Square du Vert-Galant, this magnificent square is strategically positioned at the tip of Ile de la Cite. It is covered by beautiful trees and green space and is located at the center of Louvre district enabling an amiable view of other popular sites in Louvre arrondissement including the Seine river.
Over the years the site has become a popular romantic walk-on where lovers enjoy the serene environment and tranquil setting of the square, while still reveling in pleasurable activities such as little boat trips in the river.
Rivoli street is among the most famous wide streets in Paris. Napoleon 1 marked the street to face Louvres Palace’s north wing on one side and extend to the Tuileries Garden on the other side. The street bears its name from the battle of Rivoli that Napoleon worn against the army of Austria in January 1797.
The shopping street has a vast range of commercial activities that occur on a day-to-day basis. Most of the luxurious and most fashionable brands in the world are found in Rivoli street, Paris. It is also on this street that the phenomenal Opera House was set up in a theatrical setting where opera performances are normally done. Some of the largest French department stores such as the Printemps and Galeries Lafayette are found right behind the opera house, in Rivoli street.
Place Vendome Square
Situated to the north of Tuileries Garden, Place Vendome is reminiscent of the architectural masterpieces by the renown Jules Hardouin Mansart. The square’s octagonal appearance is a result of the pediment screens that are inclined across all corners of the building.
One of the phenomenal features of Place Vendome is the huge column that stands right at the center. It was implanted as a commemoration for the Battle of Austerlitz, by Napoleon Bonaparte (French emperor who led during the early French revolutionary wars).
In the popular culture, the Place Vendome has been well-known for its top-notch fashion stores owned by famous designers who’ve lived over the years. The square also houses a wide array of business houses and major Paris offices. Among them is the popular Ritz Paris hotel, which is a word class luxurious hotel.
The Royal Palace
The Royal Palace is commonly referred to as the Palais Royal in Paris. It is situated to the north of The Louvre museum. Interestingly, the palace was initially built as a private home for Cardinal Richelieu but later evolved to be the home for royal families after Richelieu’s death.
Years later, the gardens in the Royal Palace were opened to be accessed by the ordinary Parisians and visitors who enjoy the serenity of the park up to date.
Louvre district in Paris is a place to behold. It is an ideal place to be in whenever you land in France with your partner, family or valuable friends.