Luxembourg gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg)

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  • Boulevard Saint-Michel, 75006
  • RER B: Luxembourg
  • Free admission
  • Absolutely safe for travelers
  • Magnificent park located in 6th arrondissement. Beside the palace Luxembourg, there are more than 100 statues in the gardens, making it look like an open-air museum. The statues are located in every corner and you need to cross the park from side to side to see them all. You can find statues inspired by antiquity and mythology, busts of queens and saints (of course Mary of Medici is there). Among others, there are also sculptures of the great Roden and Bourdelle , while somewhere in the park one can see The Statue of Liberty . The final shape of the park was given by Baron Haussmann alongside the great spatial changes he made in the city. In the center of the garden there is an octagonal lake, known as Grand Bassin.

The history of Luxembourg gardens

One of the most interesting places to wander in Paris is the gardens of Luxembourg Jardin du Luxembourg ). It is a beautiful park located in a central part of the city, in the 6th arrondissement, very close to the Sorbonne and the Pantheon. It occupies an area of about 25 hectares , with tall trees and countless flowers, especially during spring and summer.

On the eastern side of the gardens, it is located the palace of Luxembourg (Palais du Luxembourg) which houses the French Senate. It used to be the palace of the Duke of Luxembourg, from which the garden took its name.

Some spicy details 🌶

The palace was built by Marie of Medici in 1610. Marie was born in Florence in 1575 and she was the daughter of François I of Medici, the great Duke of Tuscany. She came in France to mary King Henry the 4th.

The marriage was based on political and economic motives. But Henry, unable to hide his disappointment, did not even go to welcome her when she arrived in Marseille (its arrival is depicted in a painting of Rubens in the Louvre museum) and the relationship between Henry and Mary was complicated from the beginning 🤐.

After the death of Henry, Maria left the Louvre Palace, (Louvre before being transformed into a museum was a palace, built by Henry the 4th), which she never liked and made her own palace by buying the duke’s Luxembourg palace.

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L'acteur grec_Baron Charles Arthur Bourgeois
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Marie de Médicis_Pierre Paul Rubens
The fountain of Medici 💧

In 1630, Maria of Medici orders a Florentine engineer to build a fountain. The fountain is located on the eastern side of the garden to the left of the palace and is called the Medici fountain (Fontaine Médicis). The fountain represents Cyclop Polyphemus while he discovers Galateia with Akis.

Galatea was the daughter of Nireas Nereidas. Cyclops saw her and fell in love with her. However, according to a tradition, Galateia was in love with another young man, Akis, who was the son of the god Pana and a Nymph of the water.

One day Galatea rested on the beach, touching her lover’s chest. But for their bad luck, Polyphemus saw them. And because Polyphimus could not stand to rejoice Galateia Akis, he took a rock, threw him and killed Akis. Galateia was deeply saddened at the unjust loss of Akis and transformed him into a river.

The fountain has been built in such a way as to create an illusion. Water in the pool seems to be tilted relative to the ground. Surprisingly, ophthalmopathy is not very successful, few realize it, not because there is a mistake in the idea of the manufacturer but in the simple and paradoxical reason that the human brain can not accept that the water in the pool is getting tilted.

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