The Tuileries are the largest and oldest public park in Paris. Their official incorporation into the Musée du Louvre on January 1, 2005, reestablished the historic coherence of the vast royal palace and its grounds. The gardens were an integral part of the palatial scheme created by the kings of France. With their landscaping, vistas, and sculptures, they provide the perfect complement to the buildings. The preservation of this exceptional historic monument and the interlinking of the Tuileries and Carrousel gardens have made it possible to bring a major art form—that of landscape design—into the Louvre. http://www.louvre.fr/llv/musee/promenade.jsp?bmLocale=en