Jardin du Luxembourg

Le jardin est très beau. (The garden is very beautiful).

The 23-hectare garden dates back to 1612 when it was created by Marie de Medici, the widow of King Henry IV of France, to accompany the Luxembourg Palace. She was inspired by the Boboli gardens in her native Florence, and directed a team of landscape gardeners, including Tommaso Francini, to recreate a garden like the one she played in as a child.

The plot of land initially measured only 8 hectares, but Marie de Medici extended it to almost five times the size, planting 2000 elm trees and digging a pond. The park fell into disrepair after Marie died, and parts were sold off for real estate. Later on, during the renovation of Paris in the late 1800s, the gardens had to be further narrowed due to the wide boulevards being created across the city. The Medici fountain even had to be moved.

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