Palais du Luxembourg, Paris

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    Palais du Luxembourg

    by breughel Updated Jan 28, 2014

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    The palace of Luxembourg is a very beautiful architectural unit and owes its name to the mansion belonging to François of Luxembourg which occupied the site in the 16th century. The estate was bought by Marie de Medici, regent of France.
    Drawing inspiration from the Pitti palace in Florence she had a new palace build by architect Salomon de Brosse.
    Marie de Medici settled there in 1625. She commissioned the large paintings by Rubens that one finds today in the Louvre museum. The right part of the palace was reserved for her whereas the left part was occupied by her son Louis XIII.
    The queen mother did not benefit a long time from her beautiful palace of Luxembourg, in 1631 her son Louis XIII, tired of her interference in the businesses of the State and of her hostility to the Cardinal de Richelieu, throw his mother out following what is called in France the “Day of Dupes”. Marie de Medici was exiled.

    The castle remained in the royal family until the revolution.
    The old mansion called “Petit Luxembourg” became the residence of the president of the French Senate.
    The “Grand Luxembourg” of Marie de Medici became the "Palais du Luxembourg" seat of the French Senate.
    Visits of the Senate are organized for small groups and on reservation. 01.42.34.20 .60

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    Palais du Luxembourg

    by Maryimelda Written Nov 26, 2013

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    This is one of those buildings which could certainly tell a long and interesting tale if only it could speak. Built in the 17th century for the mother of Louis XIII (Marie de Medicis) and then extended in the 19th century, it is the official address of the French Senate these days. In between the 17th century and the present day, this building has been home to just about everything you can think of.

    Primarily a residence for the aristocracy, the palace has also served among other things, as a museum and a headquarters for the Luftwaffe. Hermann Goering was in residence here during the German Occupation of Paris. Fortunately the building was spared from bombing as the Germans had the sense to surrender when they knew that all hope of victory was gone.

    Appointments can be made to tour the Palace but only in groups. Admission is free.

    Palais du Luxembourg overlooks the equally famous Jardins du Luxembourg in the 6 eme.

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    Musée du Luxembourg

    by breughel Updated Apr 11, 2013

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    Mus��e du Luxembourg - entry.

    It is said to be the oldest museum of Europe. Marie de Medici had two galleries of her palace arranged to accommodate the paintings of Rubens dedicated to her glory. The museum becomes public only in 1750. It was the first public museum of painting in France. About hundred exposed paintings came from the Cabinet of the King.
    The public discovered Leonardo da Vinci, Raphaël, Rembrandt, Van Dyck. These paintings were later transferred to Le Louvre.
    In 1818 the galleries of the palace became the Museum of the "alive artists" with works of David, Ingres, Delacroix.
    In 1884 - 1886 the French Senate built the building which shelters the current museum. The Musée du Luxembourg received the Caillebotte legacy with paintings of Picasso, Pissaro, Bonnard, Degas, Gauguin, Renoir. They were exposed here until 1937, when the collections were transferred to the new museum from modern art, today museum of Orsay.

    Since then the museum receives temporary exhibitions, especially of the Italian Renaissance in alternation with modern art.
    Presently there is an exhibition: Chagall "Entre Guerre et Paix" from 21/02 - 21/07/2013.

    Entrance fee 11 €.
    No photos allowed.

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    Ce serait le plus ancien musée d'Europe. Marie de Médicis avait fait aménager deux galeries pour accueillir les tableaux de Rubens dédiés à sa gloire mais le musée ne devient public qu'en 1750. C'était le premier musée public de peinture en France.
    La centaine de tableaux exposés provenait alors du Cabinet du Roi.
    Le public découvrait Léonard de Vinci, Raphaël, Rembrandt, Van Dyck. Ces tableaux sont ensuite transférés au Louvre.
    En 1818 les galeries du palais deviennent le Musée des artistes vivants avec des oeuvres de David, Ingres, Delacroix.
    En 1884 - 1886 Le Sénat édifie le bâtiment qui abrite le musée actuel. Il reçoit le legs Caillebotte. Picasso,Pissaro, Bonnard, Degas, Gauguin, Renoir sont exposés jusqu’en 1937, date à laquelle les collections sont transférées au nouveau musée d’art moderne aujourd'hui musée d'Orsay.

    Depuis lors le musée reçoit des expositions temporaires, surtout de la Renaissance italienne en alternance avec l'art moderne.
    Prix d'entrée 11 €.

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    PALAIS DU LUXEMBOURG

    by balhannah Updated Mar 9, 2013

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    It was in 1611, when Marie de’ Medici [wife of King Henry IV of France, acquired the land and set about having a Palace built that would remind her of her childhood Palace. Unfortunately, the Queen never did see the Palace finished, as she was exiled to Brussels in 1630.

    The Palais du Luxembourg is currently the seat of the French Senate.

    Luxembourg Palace is open to the public, except during the French Senate meeting days.
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    Monday, Friday and Saturday between 10.30 - 2. 30PM
    Group reservations: 01.42.34.20.60 or by email.

    The palace is open for individual visits one Saturday a month - Details and booking at 01.44.54.19.49 or by email

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    LUXEMBOURG PALACE

    by alyf1961 Written May 11, 2012

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    This is now the home of the French senate. It was designed by Solomon de Brosse in the 1600’s. It was finished in 1631 and remained a Royal Palace until the revolution. The palace has been used as a prison and during World War II it was headquarters of the Luftwaffe with air raid shelters built into the gardens.

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    VI Arr: Visit Dr Jazz at Jardin du Luxembourg

    by Elisabcn Updated Oct 30, 2009

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    Hello Central give me Doctor Jazz
    He's got what I need, I'll say he has
    When the world goes wrong and I've got the blues
    He's the guy who makes me put on both my dancin' shoes

    If you feel blue follow the song and visit Doctor Jazz at Jardin de Luxembourg. It is very frequent to find jazz bands playing mini concerts on Luxembourg’s arbor. Situated on the VIth arrondissement it was created following Maria de Medici’s request in 1612. It is also the Senate’s garden as you can also find here the Luxembourg Palace, the French Senate’s seat.

    Elle a passé, la jeune fille [...]
    Fontaine avec le buste d’Eugène Delacroix
    Parfum, jeune fille, harmonie...
    Le bonheur passait, il a fui !
    (G. de Nerval Une allée du Luxemburg)

    Definetly my second favourite garden, le Jardin de Luxemburg is the perfect place for people watching. But you can do many more activities there like having a coffee, reading, running, sunbathing, playing chess, tennis . . . or sail your model boat on the lake. It is also an open air museum with 106 statues and interesting temporary exhibitions. In Jardin de Luxembourg it’s impossible to get bored!

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    Palais du Luxembourg

    by Tom_Fields Written Nov 15, 2008

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    Built in 1631 for King Henry IV's widow Marie de Medici, it was intended to remind her of her home in Florence. It was designed by Salomon de Brosse, and modelled after the Pitti Palace. After the Revolution, it was used as a prison. During World War II, it became the headquarters of the German Air Force (the Luftwaffe). Today, it's home to the French Senate. The building and gardens are exquisitely beautiful. It's the most popular park in the city.

    The gardens are open daily, but to tour the inside requires an appointment, months in advance.

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    Fontaine de Medicis

    by black_mimi99 Updated Aug 10, 2008

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    Its a beautiful Fountain, it was originally built in the 1630's at the behest of Marie de Medicis, to remind her of her childhood walks in the Boboli Gardens in Florence. It was modelled after the grotto or cave of Bountalenti in the Boboli. This is the only one of the queen's original Luxembourg Garden decorations to survive to the present day.

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    Palais du Luxembourg

    by black_mimi99 Written Aug 8, 2008

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    The Luxembourg Palace was built for Marie de Medicis in the years 1615-1627. The architect Salomon de Brosse, designed it as a Florentine palace because Marie de Medicis liked this style. He was the son of Jean de Brosse, another architect and he inherited the position as the architect of Marie de Medicis from his uncle Jacques II Androuet Du Cerceau. (Other works by Salomon de Brosse include the aqueduct of Arcueil in 1624.)

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    Jardin du Luxembourg

    by chess_machine Written Feb 21, 2006

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    One of Rive Gauche's temple. One of Paris' most beautiful public garden. Located in the 6th district it hosts le Senat, one of the political main place in France, and is a perfect place to relax and enjoy Parisian quality of life. Very famous place for "rendez-vous galants". How could I translate it? Well, I hate the word dating, which is 20 000 miles of any romantic idea. Though it is probably the most appropriate word to translate it... People go there, chat, read, sleep and tan when possible. Cant describe it better. When you are in le Jardin du Luxembourg you will feel like you are a true Parisian...

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    Jardin du Luxembourg

    by Inguuna Written Feb 5, 2006

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    It’s worth to visit Luxembourg palace and large gardens, where you can relax and also enjoy history in one. It was also formed in time when the palace was built, and only later for some money opened to publics. Nowadays here come young and old, some to lie in the grass or play some game, the older ones for playing boules or just to sit and watch around.
    There in the park are many statues, and also if you look very careful, you’ll find a copy of Freedom statue. There is also fantastic baroque style fountain dedicated to Maria Medici.

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    by Inguuna Written Feb 5, 2006

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    The palace was built for Henri IV’s wife - the queen Maria Medici. It was planned to be identical to Pitti palace in Florence, so she wanted, having sigh for her fatherland. And after her husband’s death, she moved to live here, but it didn’t last long, she was asked to leave the country. After that the palace was named as Luxembourg palace, as it was in its beginning. During its existence it was as prison and during war here was even located German headquarters. I don’t know if you get in, because we just walked through large gardens and enjoy palace from outside. I liked its reflection in garden’s basin.

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    Le Pantheon

    by Imbi Written Jan 3, 2003

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    is located to the eastern side of the Luxembourg gardens. Commissioned by Louis XV as a church honoring Sainte-Genevieve in 1764. After the Revolution, it would be designated as a final resting place for the great thinkers of France. In it's crypt can be found Victor Hugo, Voltaire, Rousseau, Emile Zola and the Curies.

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    Palais du Luxembourg

    by Twan Written Feb 5, 2012

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    The Palais du Luxembourg is a palace in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. South of it lie the gardens of Jardin du Luxembourg.

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