Luxembourg Garden



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The park (the second largest public park in Paris) is the garden of the French Senate, which is itself housed in the Luxembourg Palace.

In 1612, Marie de Medicis, the widow of Henry IV and the regent for the king Louis XIII, planted 2,000 elm trees, and directed a series of gardeners, most notably Tommaso Francini, to build a park in the style she had known as a child in Florence, alongside with the construction of a palace, which began one year earlier.

The garden in the late nineteenth century contained a marionette theater, a music kiosk, greenhouses, an apiary or bee-house, an orangerie also used for displaying sculpture and modern art (used until the 1930s), a rose garden, the fruit orchard, and about seventy works of sculpture.

The garden is largely devoted to a green parterre of gravel and lawn populated with statues and centred on a large octagonal basin of water, with a central jet of water ; in it children sail model boats. The garden is famed for its calm atmosphere. The gardens include a large fenced-in playground for young children. In addition, free musical performances are presented in a gazebo on the grounds and there is a small cafe restaurant nearby, under the trees, with both indoor and outdoor seating.

The École nationale supérieure des Mines de Paris and the Odéon theatre stand next to the Luxembourg Garden.

Source : Wikipedia contributors, "Jardin du Luxembourg"

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