Relaxing In Paris's Most Beautiful Garden, Jardin Du Luxembourg

Luxembourg Gardens, 75006 Paris, France

The Luxembourg Garden, with its hundred stunning sculptures and various species of beautiful plants, is an open-air museum with plenty of green space for relaxing. Originally a hangout for Parisian intellectuals, bourgeois, and nannies, it now welcomes everyone, from regular locals playing chess here to children riding carousels and tourists from all over the world.

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By garden style, the Jardin du Luxembourg divides into two sections: French on the axis of the 17th-century Luxembourg Palace and English on the Rue Guynemer side. The quincunx geometric forest stretches between the two. South of these three distinct areas, opposite a French public secondary school on the Rue Auguste Comte, are lawns and a conservatory orchard of old fruit tree varieties, primarily apple and pear trees. The 18th-century Luxembourg Museum – the oldest public museum in France – stands in the park's northwestern corner, near the palace.

Paris is a metropolis full of traffic and polluted air. Sometimes it may tire. A park or garden in a big city is a delightful place to get some fresh air and relax by listing fountain sounds, birds chirping, or leaves rustling in the wind. The Luxembourg Garden, located on the left bank of the River Seine in one of Paris's oldest neighborhoods, is a green oasis where I could take a relaxing stroll while admiring nature's beauty and exquisite sculpted works.

Luxembourg garden Sculptures in Photos

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One of the gardens' numerous beautiful sculpted works

Statue in Paris
Statue of Marguerite d'Angoulême, Queen consort of 16th-century Navarre

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Statue of Blanche de Castille, Queen of 13th-century France

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Statue of Liberty; first model, by Frédéric Bartholdi, 1870

Lion sculpture
Lion stone sculpture by Jean-Baptiste Henraux

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Statue of Valentine de Milan, Duchess of 14th-century Orleans

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Statue of Anne de Beaujeu, Regent of 15th-century France

History of the Luxembourg Garden

Early in the 17th century, French Queen Marie de Medici, the widow of King Henry IV, created a garden around her new palace (a replica of  Palazzo Pitti in Florence, Italy, where she grew up) outside the city at the time. Although the Luxembourg Palace changed hands several times after Marie de Medici's death in 1642 and even underwent significant alteration in the 19th century, it retained its light Italian flair. The garden itself underwent several changes over time. Initially, the area covered 8 hectares (20 acres); now, it covers 23 hectares (56.8 acres).

How to Get to the Luxembourg Garden

The garden lies in the heart of the Latin Quarter, in the 6th arrondissement (neighborhood); it has several entrances: Boulevard Saint-Michel, Rue Auguste-Comte, Rue Guyenemer, Rue Médicis, and Rue du Vaugirard. There is no admission fee. Wheelchair access is available at all garden entrances and along many paths. Open year-round from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the winter and from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the summer.

Train (line B) station: Luxembourg
Bus (lines 21, 22, 27, 38, 84, 89) stop: Luxembourg
Metro (line 12) station: Notre-Dame des Champs

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