Luxembourg Gardens, 6 th arrondissement, Paris

Palais du Luxembourg , restaurants in the 6th return to 6th

Luxembourg Gardens is the largest park on the left bank of Paris.

The gardens were laid out in 1612. However most of the statues date from the 19th century.

Left is the fountain at Avenue de l'observatoire end of the Luxembourg gardens.

The four females at the top represent the four continents. The sculptors were Carpeaux and two others.

The fountain is located on the meridian line, and just outside there is a brass plate on the line with the name of Arago, who was the director of the Paris Observatory (below left).

marker on the rose line, Paris

This meridian is the famous "rose line" mentioned in Dan Brown's book The da Vinci Code in connection with St. Sulpice

Right is the Medici fountain (1861). It is in a shady corner surrounded by plane trees. So makes a very pleasant place to sit and have lunch on a hot day.

The Medici fountain in the Luxembourg Gardens Paris

On the right is an American oak planted by Christian Poncelet, Presedent of the French Senate, on January 30 2002.

It is dedicated to victims of the terrorist attack on 11th September 2001, as a symbol of Franco-American freindship.

Oak commemmorating 11th September 2001
L'acteur Grec by Arthur Bourgeois in the Luxembourg Gardens

Left is L'acteur Grec in bronze by Arthur Bourgeois (1838 - 1886). The gardens are full of statues, and on the raised area around the big circular pond are statues of nearly all the queens of France.

Yet another Statue of Liberty. there are 12 in all in paris, I'm told.

Statue of Liberty, Luxembourg gardens, Paris
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