Luxembourg Gardens created in 1612 by Marie de’ Medici are famous for their beautiful fountains, tree-lined promenades, and sculptures. If you are in Paris, visiting Luxembourg Gardens is a MUST!
Quick Facts about Luxembourg Gardens
- Luxembourg Gardens are situated on the left bank of the River Seine in Paris.
- The gardens cover 23 hectares.
- Luxembourg Palace was built in the 17th century to be the royal residence of Marie de’ Medici, who was the Queen of France as the second wife of King Henry IV of France.
- Marie de’ Medici commissioned to build a Luxembourg palace to imitate the Pitti Palace in Florence.
- The Luxembourg Gardens were created for the Luxembourg Palace.
- These days, the gardens are owned by the French Senate.
Where are Luxembourg Gardens located?
- Luxembourg Gardens are situated on the left bank of the River Seine, in the 6th arrondissement of Paris.
- Other nearby landmarks are Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Pantheon, Odeon Theater, and Cluny Museum – National Museum of the Middle Ages.
How big are Luxembourg Gardens?
Luxembourg Gardens cover the area of 23 hectares.
Luxembourg Palace was built in the 17th century to be the royal residence of Marie de’ Medici, who was the Queen of France as the second wife of King Henry IV of France.
Marie de’ Medici commissioned to build a Luxembourg palace to imitate the Pitti Palace in Florence.
The Luxembourg Gardens represent a beautiful open-air green space and provide a great alternative to many crowded and touristy areas of Paris.
It’s wonderful to enjoy the shade provided by beautiful trees, especially during the hot summer days. The garden is immaculately groomed, and even the trees are beautifully shaped.
The Medici Fountain
The Medici Fountain was originally designed by Tommaso Francini, a fountain maker from Florence.
The fountain was ruined in the 18th century. However, in 1811, Napoleon Bonaparte ordered the fountain to be restored, which was done by Jean Chalgrin, the architect of the Arc de Triomphe.
Statues in the Luxembourg Gardens
There are numerous statues throughout the gardens. The notable group of marble statues is “The Queens of France and Famous Women” (or Reines de France et Femmes illustres in French). These 20 sculptures surround a large pond and the central green space in front of the Luxembourg Palace.
Other sculptures and monuments include Statue of L’Acteur Grec, Monument to Jean-Antoine Watteau, etc.
Below are the photos of just some of the sculptures that can be found throughout the gardens.