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Jardin De Luexembourg
By Annika Holland

The Jardin Du Luxembourg (Luexmbourg Gardens) is the second largest public park in Paris. It is about 55 acres

The garden is the garden of the French Senate.

The French Senate is in the Luxembourg Palace.

Hours: Opening Between 7:30- 8:15am Closing: 4:45 and 9:45pm

In 1611 Marie De Medicis wanted to build a palace to remind her of a palace in her native country, Floence.

She hired Salomon De Brosse to build the palace and the fountain and Tommaso Francini to build a park and the Medici Fountain

Later the architect Jean Chalgrin redid the Medici Fountain. He also did several other things to the garden.

In July 1848 the park got several statues. The first ones were the queens and important women in France.

By the 19th Century the park had a marionette theater, greenhouses, a bee house, a rose garden, the fruit orchard and seventy statues.

The Garden is largely made up of a Green Parterre and lawn, containing statues and an octagonal basin of water where kids can sail toy boats.

Around the basin on the terraces are the statues of past queens, and saints in France.

In the southwest corner there is the apple orchard and the theater des marionnettes.

The garden has a playground with an old carousel. There is free music presented in the gazebo and a cafe nearby in the trees.

There is also an organgerie for displaying art, sculptures, and photography.

The Fountain of The Observatory by the Rue Auguste Comte features sculptures of four sculptors.
Medici Fountain
The Medici Fountain was built in 1630 by Marie De Medici. She hied Tomasso Francini to make it.

It was modeled after an italin grotto which fell in the 18th century. Later the fountain was restored by an architect and was moved to the gardens in 1864.

The fountain is surrounded by a basin of water and several statues.

Behind the fountain is the Fountaine De Leda which was part of the destroyed grotto. It is on the back of the fountain.
Luxembourg Gardens in Modern Day
The Luxembourg Gardens are featured in the book Les Miserables.

The characters Cosette and Maruis Pontmercy meet.

The Gardens are also in The Ambossaders by Henry James.

The Final scene of the book Sanuery by William Faulkner is in the gardens.

There is also a song called The Luxembourg Gardens by The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger.

Episodes of French in Action took place in the Gardens.

The gardens were on the cover of Tame Impala's 2012 album Lonerism.
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