"Jardin des Plantes" Jardin des Plantes Tip by Pieter11
Jardin des Plantes, Paris: 9 reviews and 18 photos
In 1577, the pharmacist Nicolas Houel started a garden where he planted medicinal plants for his organisation, the Christian house of Charity. The first botanical garden of Paris was born, and grew to an amount of 1000 plants in 1624. Two years later the importance of the garden increase when King Louis XIII started a medicinal garden called "Jardin du Roi", garden of the King, advised by his doctors.
During the regime of King Louis XIV, the garden grew bigger and bigger. Doctor Guy Crescent Fagon was appointed in 1693 to organise the garden again. He built several greenhouses that still exist, as well as a labyrinth and a small amphitheatre. The Jardins you see nowadays are still more or less like mister Crescent Fagon designed it.
After the French Revolution the gardens lost their Royal status. From that period on, animals were introduced in the gardens. Today there is a large collection of reptiles, birds, insects, and even bears in the western part of the park.
Several pieces of art are always shown in the gardens, with temporary expositions too.
Address: Rue Cuvier / Rue Buffon
Metro: Jussieu / Place Monge
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