The Ruins of the Tuileries Palace ...
Do we have to rebuilt the ancient Tuileries Palace ?
This question, odd to some, first stated end of year 2002 is crowling its way gently amongst the high spheres.. Burned down in 1870 amongst a couple of major buildings symbols of former political regimes, the Palace wasn't lucky enough to be restaured.
Years later, in 1882, the republican government passed a law at Parlement stating that the remains of the Palace will be put to groung level before rebuilding it the way it was or in a more basic version. For sure the former part of the law was accomplished leaving the latter to anyone who would remember what's the real 'deal' was made of. A simple look to the photos taken after the disaster makes clear that destorying what remained was a true architectural crime. But what could be expected from a regime that have no intention to respect a word given to the country representatives. So did the Palace disapeared from parisian's eyes for ever and fell into oblivion, the same way other countries have obliterated complete chapters of their own history.The crime was fully completed when, a couple of years later in 1887, the same regime put to auction the entire collection of the Crown Jewels, one of the finest ever brought together ( one day I'll write about this abomination )
Very few was saved from the eager of the flames, indoors decorations, paintings and numerous pieces of furniture were definitly lost but was it a reason to brush aside a building that was one of the main places of our history ? Since the fist time I saw the pictures in 1985 I feel resentement and pray that one day the Tuileries Palace will be rebuilt the way eminent architects have planned it centuries ago.