Thomas Jefferson Statue
Type: Historic Sites
Centuries later and it's altogether too easy to forget that before he was the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson also served a term here in Paris as the US Ambassador to France... Read More
Centuries later and it's altogether too easy to forget that before he was the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson also served a term here in Paris as the US Ambassador to France (1785-89). He succeeded the first US Ambassador, who, of course, was Benjamin Franklin. Historical records attest to his spending long hours sketching sitting in the area of the Tuileries gardens that overlook the Seine and offer a direct view onto the Hôtel de Salm (currently the Museum of the Legion of Honor - Musée national de la Légion d'Honneur et des Ordres de Chevalerie). He was sketching the architecturally forward but with classic lines Hôtel de Salm, built in 1782, the building with its signature pillars. He later used these sketches for his beloved Monticello, which he built when he returned back to his native Virginia.
- Sightseeing: "This statue sits at the foot of the Pont Solferino, the pedestrian bridge that connects the Tuileries to the Musée d'Orsay. So once you're done visiting the Musée d'Orsay, say hello to Jefferson's statue before you walk across the bridge to the Tuileries where you'll find the exquisite L'Orangerie."
- Best for Sightseeing Because: Take a look at what Thomas Jefferson holds in his hand. It's a sketch of the Hôtel de Salm upon which he modeled Monticello.