"The Palais de Luxembourg" Palais du Luxembourg Tip by Pieter11

Palais du Luxembourg, Paris: 25 reviews and 61 photos

  Palais de Luxembourg seen from its park
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      Palais de Luxembourg seen from its park
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      The stylish back of the Palais de Luxembourg
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The Palais de Luxembourg, Palace of Luxemburg, was designed and built for the famous Maria de Medicis, between 1615 and 1627. The family De Medicis originally comes from Italy, Tuscany. That is the reason why the architect Salomon de Brosse designed a palace in the style of Florence. As decoration lots of paintings of the famous Belgian Pieter-Paul Rubens are hang on the walls, as well as paintings of Eugène Delacroix.

The purpose of the Palais de Luxembourg has changed a couple of times during its history. After its time as palace it became a prison during the French Revolution. In 1790 the gardens were expanded until the Observatoire, and in 1836 the palace itself was made bigger too. New wings were attached to the building, all in the same looks as the original design. Today the Palace is the House of the Senat of France.

Of course the nice and famous park around the Palais de Luxembourg is much more famous then the palace it belongs to, but without the building the park wouldn´t be as nice as it is today. It´s the centre of the park, the start of the central pond and the paths that surround it.

Address: Boulevard de Medicis
Directions: Metro-stop: Odeon or RER-stop Luxembourg
Phone: +33 1 42 34 20 00
Website: http://www.senat.fr/

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  • Written Oct 19, 2005
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