Place de la Concorde is a great place to kick things off, with its two golden fountains often overlooked by many tourists since the Luxor obelisk seems to tower over everything in the proximity. The Egyptian ‘needle’ is over 3,000 years old, and it’s probably Paris’ most popular monument when it comes to golden adornments.
The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, a triumphal arch built to honor Napoleon’s victories – like the larger, world-famous one at the end of the Champs-Elysées of the same period – can be found in the Tuileries, its chariot being led by gilded Victories on both sides.
Additionally, just a few meters outside of the gardens, another golden statue, this time a depiction of Joan of Arc shines somewhat less majestically sandwiched between two roads.
Even the buildings in the surrounding area are positively glistening, with balconies and railings decorated with radiant gold leaf.
Paris’ most famous bridge, Pont Alexandre III, is guarded by two elevated golden statues at each end.
The bridge is famous for these statues, as well as its generally extravagant style, and what’s more, it links two iconic buildings, one being the ironically named ‘Petit Palais’ decorated with a beautiful large golden door, and across the river on the rive gauche, Les Invalides with its golden dome.