Jardins de Luxembourg - Paris
The park, 22,45 hectare large, was originally owned by the duke of Luxembourg, hence the name. The domain was purchased in 1612 by Marie de' Medici, mother of Louis XIII.
The gardens were laid out in Italian style on request of Marie de' Medici. She was of Italian descent and had spent her youth in Florence at the Pitti Palace. The Boboli gardens at this palace were the inspiration for the Jardins du Luxembourg.
In the 19th century when the private park opened to the public, it was redesigned in a more French style but the original layout has been preserved.
At the center of the park is an octagonal pond, known as the Grand Bassin (see first picture in comment box). Here, children can rent small boats. There are many other attractions for children such as the puppet theater, pony rides and a merry-go-round.
Around the pond are nice lawns and alleys, all laid out in a geometrical pattern. Numerous statues, including the Statue of Saint-Geneviève - patroness of Paris - adorn the park. This is also one of the parks where you can simply get hold of one of the many chairs and take it to the exact spot where you want to sit. The park is also popular with chess players and Jeux de Boules players.
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