Places Around Jardin du Luxembourg
Jardin du Luxembourg
Jardin du Luxembourg is one of the biggest and definitely the most popular public parks in Paris. It’s conveniently located in the city centre, just a stone throw from the Sorbonne University, in the 6th arrondissement. The territory of the park is about 22,45 hectares. First it was designed as a private park in traditional French style. Only in 19th century it was opened to public.
The garden houses over hundred statues, monuments, and fountains offering a unique calm atmosphere to all its visitors. In the southwest you can see an orchard of apple and pear trees and the puppet theatre. It’s also a nice place for children – there is a big playground with a carousel. A gazebo on the grounds is a popular place for free musical performances. A lot of cosy cafes and restaurants are located in this beautiful park.
There is a small pond, also widely known as the Great Bassin, where children love to rent and sail small boats. There are also two famous fountains in Jardin du Luxembourg – Fountaine de Medicis and Fontaine de l’Observatoire. The first one is a baroque fountain which dates back to the first part of 17th century, and is situated in the north-eastern part of the park. While the second one is found in the southern part, and was constructed in the second part of 19th century. This fountain features a globe supported by four women, each symbolizing a continent.
Another remarkable place of interest in Jardin du Luxembourg is the Palais du Luxembourg which was built in the beginning of 17th century. Later it was used as a prison (during the French revolution), and nowadays it’s a house to the French Senate.