Paris never fails to amaze the tourists with all the world-famous attractions it got. The Eiffel Tower, renowned museums, and all other historical attractions in the City of Lights are breathtakingly beautiful places one would visit during their Paris city tour. Paris is obviously famous for palaces, and Luxembourg Palace is one of the most visited ones of all the palaces.
Luxembourg Palace is a beautiful palace located in the sixth arrondissement of Paris. It is one of the greatest examples of French classical architecture of the 17th Century, and throughout the years, its purpose has changed many times. The palace was originally built by the French architect Salomon de Brosse for the royal the regent Marie de Médicis, the mother of Louis XIII of France. This palace remained the asset of the French crown until the French Revolution.
The palace used to be the precursor to the Louvre Museum in the 18th Century, and before this, it was used as a prison for a short time. In 1801, Napolean I moved the legislature in the palace, in 1815 this palace became the seat of the House of peers, and in 1852, Napolean III re-transferred the Senate into the palace. During the 19th Century, the palace was extensively remodeled.
The building was transformed into a legislative building during 1799 to 1805 by the architect Jean Chalgrin. At the beginning of 1835, the architect Alphonse de Gisors added a garden wing parallel to the old corps de logis, thereby perfectly replicating the looks of the original facade. The new wing had a library with many paintings by Eugène Delacroix and around 450,000 books.
The Luxembourg garden, also known as the Jardin du Luxembourg, is the biggest park in Paris. This garden is split into English Gardens and French Gardens, and there is a geometric forest and a large pond between these two gardens. You can also see an orchard with a variety of old forgotten apples, an apiary where you could learn bee-keeping and a greenhouse with lots of orchids and a rose garden.
The garden also has 106 statues at various places in the park, and many attractions like the orangerie, the Davioud Pavilion, and the monumental Medici fountain. The Medici fountain is a monumental fountain built in 1630; the orangerie was built in the 19th Century and now it displays sculptures, art, and photography, while the Davouid Pavilion was built in the 1860’s, and is now home to a school of horticulture.