The Luxembourg Gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg) are in the grounds of the Luxembourg Palace, which itself is home to the French Senate. They are located on the left bank of the River Seine and are within the 6th administrative district (6th arrondissement) of Paris.
The park was created in 1611 by Marie de Medici, who was King Henry IV’s widow, and over the ensuing decades she enlarged the gardens to 30 hectares. In later years the park fell into neglect with portions being sold off to fund the state. It wasn’t until the nineteenth century that the park was again restored and it was in the middle of that century that the many statues were installed and the grounds were improved.
One of the main features of the gardens is the large octagonal pool that is surrounded by a large gravel walkway and contains a fountain in the middle that shoots out a large jet of water at intervals. Throughout the park are many marble statues, pillars and fountains and the grounds are covered in ornately styled shrubs. One of the gems of the park is the Medici Fountain that was constructed in 1630 and after falling into disrepair was restored at the behest of Napoleon Bonaparte and later moved to it’s current position in the 1860s. If you visit Paris in autumn be sure to stroll through the Luxembourg Gardens and view the riot of colours of the changing leaves on the trees.