The Jardin des Tuileries is one of Paris's most visited gardens thanks to its central location between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde. In the early 16th century the area was a clay quarry for tiles (tuilerie in French, hence the name). After the death of her husband Henri II in 1559, Catherine de Médicis had a Palace built at the tuileries, the Palais de Tuileries. The palace featured a large garden in Italian style, reminding her of her native Tuscany.
The Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, a street relatively narrow and nondescript (especially in comparison to the Champs-Élysées), is cited as being one of the most fashionable streets in the world thanks to the presence of virtually every major global fashion house. Like nearby Avenue Montaigne, the street is consistently dedicated, throughout its length, to high-fashion stores and other exclusive establishments. The rue Saint-Honoré, of which the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré is an extension, began as a road extending west from the northern edge of the Louvre property. Saint Honoré is the popular French saint, Honorius of Amiens. At number 55 is the Élysée Palace, which houses the President of the Republic.