Esplanade, Tuileries Gardens

Three schoolboys play soccer on the Esplanade near the Louvre.

Esplanade, Tuileries, Paris 2009, looking east toward the Marsan Pavilion and the Louvre

© Leslie Hossack

Three schoolboys are playing soccer on the Esplanade des Feuillants beside the elevated Terrasse des Feuillants. These avenues were laid out by André Le Nôtre when he was asked to redesign the Tuileries in 1664.

Beyond the boys is a sculpture by Gustave Michel entitled Monument to Jules Ferry (1910). (Please click on the image to see more details.) Ferry was a politician who sponsored the modernization of the French education system in the late 19th century.

The large building in the background is the Marsan Pavilion located on the north side of the Louvre. This pavilion was rebuilt in 1871 to match the Flore Pavilion on the south side.