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Luxembourg Gardens

Parisians love the Luxembourg Gardens, the romantic gardens of lovers, students, children, tennis and chess players. Flowers, statues, fountains, outdoor cafes, the Luxembourg Museum make up a Paris must do. Famous Paris gardens.

Luxembourg Gardens visit

The Luxembourg Gardens are a 25 hectares oasis in the heart of Paris. Spread with statues, fountains and flowers, they are the most romantic gardens in Paris. They have many attractions for children: ponys, merry-go-round, puppet shows (web site). Parisians love them and they are crowded on sunny days. Luxembourg Gardens are called Jardin du Luxembourg in French.

The left bank district around the gardens is quiet and lovely (left bank Paris map). Discover the area on a left bank Paris walking tour. Staying in one of the many boutique left bank hotels near Luxembourg Gardens is a great idea for a stay.

Statue picture | Fountain picture | Flower picture

Luxembourg Gardens hours
Paris metro: RER B Luxembourg station.
Locate Luxembourg Gardens on Paris map.

A statue in Luxembourg Gardens
A Maillol statue in Luxembourg Gardens

History of Luxembourg Gardens

Queen Marie de Medicis (picture) created the Luxembourg Gardens in 1612. She commissionned the Palace on the model of Palazzo Pitti (picture) in her native Florence.

The revolution extended the gardens with the land of the Chartreux convent (picture). Napoleon turned the Palace into the French Senate, the upper house of parliament. Web site.

Luxembourg Palace detailed history
Map and history of Luxembourg Gardens 106 statues

The Senate in Luxembourg Palace

The Luxembourg Palace houses the Senate, one of the two chambers of the French Paliament, the other one being the National Assembly. Members of the two Houses are chosen by two different electoral systems.Examination of bills by both Houses of Parliament makes for better laws and the well proven experience of the Senators improves their content. The 348 senators are assisted by specialised civil servants and parliamentary aides. In all, 2000 people work for the Senate. The Luxembourg Palace canno be visited.

The Senate is housed in Luxembourg Palace
The Senate is housed in Luxembourg Palace

Luxembourg Museum

The first French museum opened to the public in 1750, the Luxembourg Museum is on the gardens' edge. Web site.

The museum now hosts two exhibitions a year. Choice themes are the Renaissance in Europe, the relationship between art and power, as well as the role of Paris in arts. The spaces have been completely redesigned by architect Shigeru Ban to accommodate the Angelina restaurant and tea room as well as educational workshops.

Sailboat in Luxembourg Gardens
Sailboats on the basin are quite popular

Top sights on Luxembourg Gardens map

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