The Luxembourg Garden and Museum

In the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district, the Senate's gardens, created by Marie de' Medici, have become a landmark through their architectural richness and its botany.

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l'hôtel des saints pères le jardin du luxembourg

Ten minutes on foot from the Hôtel des Saints Pèresthe Jardin du Luxembourg, nicknamed "Luco" by Parisians, is the home of famous buildings such as the Senate or the Musée du Luxembourg, one of the major museums in Paris. 


History of the garden

After her husband Henry IV was assassinated, Queen Marie de' Medici wanted to move away from the Louvre at any cost and find more calm and serenity. Her dearest wish was to build a palace with gardens, inspired by the Boboli Gardens, recalling her Italian origins. In 1612 she bought the Hôtel de François de Luxembourg, who gave his name to the garden. At the time, the garden was small in size, but very quickly work was begun to enlarge it. Only under Baron Haussmann did development work give the garden its present appearance. Today the park covers 25 hectares. The Jardin

du Luxembourg is the only park that brings together such a range of styles: on one side the French-style garden, on the other the English-style garden. Around the outside, on the garden railings, photographs about a particular theme are regularly displayed to the delight of passers by. 


An architectural and botanical heritage

There are a number of buildings in the garden. The Luxembourg Palace, the most important of them, is the seat of the Senate. The Musée du Luxembourg was the first contemporary art museum to be set up by the Senate. Since 2010, the museum has been administered by the Musées Nationaux to promote exhibitions on such themes as "The Renaissance in Europe", "Art and Power" and "the Palace, the Garden and the Museum". Also in the park is the Orangerie, the home of some 180 plants, including its famous orange trees, which are over 200 years old. All through the park, 106 statues have been set up, including a small Statue of Liberty, the statues of the Queens of France, as well as works depicting Beethoven, Chopin and Baudelaire. The Medici fountain is one of the major decorative pieces in the Jardin du Luxembourg. Baptised the "Luxembourg cave", by Marie de' Medici, who commissioned it, the fountain is today named after her. Last, the Davioud pavilion is a homage to botany, where horticultural courses are given. Whether you come here from the Hôtel des Saints Pères on your own, in a couple or with your family, everyone will find something to suit them thanks to the many activities on offer.

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