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Louvre Museum / Musée du Louvre

Houses impressive collections of around 35,000 works of art and over 380,000 objects. Sculptures, paintings and other works of art ranging from the Middle Ages up to 1850, as well as Etruscan, Egyptian, Oriental, Roman and Greek artifacts are on the display in the museum.

NOTE: If you want to discover the principles of creativity, art techniques, and ancient civilizations, join one of the workshops in The Louvre.

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Tuilleries Garden

Between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde, have a break in the Tuillerie garden, pleasant green space right in the centre of Paris, where you can renew your energy from the mighty Louvre museum and continue exploring the area. There are several refreshment cafes where you can have a drink, snack or a light meal as well.

Inside the gardens you should visit Musée de l’Orangerie that exibit impressive Monet’s waterlilies

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Musée des Arts Décoratifs

107, rue de Rivoli, 1st, M° Palais Royal


Boasting some 150,000 objects, this museum has the collections of furnishings, textiles and decorative objects. Created in the wake of the 19th-century Expositions Universelles in Paris, and formerly housed in the Palais de l’Industrie and the Pavillon de Flore, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs was inaugurated on May 29, 1905. Managed by the Union Centrale des Arts Décoratif, its collections were displayed in the Louvre's rue de Rivoli wing, between the north entrance to the museum and the Pavillon de Marsan.

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Musée de la Mode et du Textile
107, rue de Rivoli, 1st
M° Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre , Tuileries or Pyramides, Website

The museum of fashion and fabric holds a collection of fabrics from as early as the 14th century, costumes from the 17th century and creations from famous designers of the 20th century.

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Then continue toward Place de la Concorde and stop by

Jeu de Paume

Jeu de Paume
1, place de la Concorde, 8th, M° Concorde

Opening hours 9am-6pm Wed-Mon

Built under Napoléon III in the Tuileries Garden, from 1909-2004 the Jeu de Paume was used as an exhibition venue for contemporary art. Since 2004 it combined the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de paume, the Centre national de la photographie and Patrimoine Photographique. It includes collections of photography, film, video, installation, etc.

Before reaching

The Bloody Place de la Concorde

The Place de la Concorde is one of the most magnificent squares of the entire world. It is accented by the obelisk which Mohammed Ali, Viceroy of Egypt, presented to Louis-Philippe. Surrounding it are colossal fountains with figures of Nereids and Tritons and on the pavilions that mark the Place with their imposing edifices are eight gigantic stone figures, representing the principal towns of France : Lyons, Marseilles, Rouen, Brest, Bordeaux and Nantes, with Lille and Strasburg, the two latter fantastically hung with crape and mourning emblems in remembrance of Alsace and Lorraine.

No one can cross the Place de la Concorde in all this stately beauty of to-day, without finding himself haunted by the tragic scenes that invested it more than a hundred years ago.

It was on the eleventh of August, 1792 (the day after the capture of the Tuileries) that the Legislative Assembly advised the removal of the statue of the king, which was melted down and coined into two-sous pieces. In this year the fatal guillotine was established here. " Louis XVI was executed in the Place on January 21, 1793.

He was aged Thirty-eight years, four months and twenty-eight days.

On the seventeenth of July, Charlotte Corday was beheaded ; on October 2 Brissot, chief of the Gironde, with twenty-one of his adherents; on October 16, the ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette ; on November 14, Philippe Égalité, Duke of Orléans, father of King Louis-Philippe ; on May 12, 1794, Madame Elizabeth, sister of Louis XVI.

On the fourteenth of March, through the influence of Danton and Robespierre, Hébert, the most determined opponent of all social rule, together with his partisans, also terminated his career on the scaffold. The next victims were the adherents of Marat and the Orléanists ; then on April 8, Danton himself and his party, among whom was Camille Desmoulins ; and on April 16, the atheists Chaumette and Anacharsis Cloots, and the wives of Camille Des-moulins, Hébert, and others. On July 28, 1794, Robespierre and his associates, his brother, Dumas, Saint Just, and other members of the comité du salut public ' met a retributive end here.

A few days later the same fate overtook eighty-two members of the Commune, whom Robespierre had employed as his tools. La-source, one of the Girondists, said to his judges :`Je meurs dans un moment où. le peuple a perdu sa raison; vous, vous mourrez le jour où il la retrouvera.' Between January 21, 1793, and May 31, 1795, upwards of twenty-eight hundred persons perished here by the guillotine.

Doctor Guillotine

The machine claimed 1119 lives during the two year span of the Revolutionary Terror (from May 1793-95).

However,  Doctor Guillotin was actually a humanist, intent on sparing those condemned to death unnecessary pain and humiliation.

Prior to guillotine, execution styles varied according to a person's social status, and beheading, considered quicker and relatively painless, was reserved only for the noble upper classes. Other less fortunate criminals were condemned to burning at the stake, hanging, quartering, or other brutal forms of torture.

Last guillotine execution was on June 17, 1939. Eugen Weidman was executed before a large crowd in Versailles, France. The last nonpublic use of the guillotine in France, at Baumetes Prison, in Marsailles, was the execution of convicted murderer Hamida Djandoubi, a Tunisian immigrant, on September 10, 1977. France abolished death penalty on September 9, 1981.

The job of executioner was a hereditary one in France. It was passed down from father to son The most famous family who held this job was that of the Sansons, who operated the guillotine during the Revolution. From the period of 1688 to the mid 1800s, 18 members of the Sanson family acted as High Executioner.

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