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Jardin du Luxembourg
08-SEP-2012

Jardin du Luxembourg

In 1611, Marie de Medicis, the widow of Henry IV and the regent for the King Louis XIII decided to build a palace in imitation of the Pitti Palace in her native Florence. She purchased the hotel du Luxembourg (today the Petit-Luxembourg palace) and began construction of the new palace. She commissioned Salomon de Brosse to build the palace and a fountain, which still exists. In 1612 she planted 2,000 elm trees, and directed a series of gardeners, most notably Tommaso Francini, to build a park in the style she had known as a child in Florence.Francini planned two terraces with balustrades and parterres laid out along the axis of the chateau, aligned around a circular basin. He also built the Medici Fountain to the east of the palace as a nympheum, an artificial grotto and fountain, without its present pond and statuary. The original garden was just eight hectares in size.
In 1630 she bought additional land and enlarged the garden to thirty hectares, and entrusted the work to Jacques Boyceau de la Barauderie, the indendant of the royal gardens of Tuileries and the early garden of Versailles. He was one of the early theorists of the new and more formal garden à la française, and he laid out a series of squares along an east-west alley closed at the east end by the Medici Fountain, and a rectangle of parterres with broderies of flowers and hedges in front of the palace. In the center he placed an octagonal basin with a fountain, with a perspective toward what is now the Paris observatory.

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Zoltán Balogh24-Sep-2012 05:07
This is so beautiful Jose: cleverly composed, just wonderful! V
Kevin Warren18-Sep-2012 14:37
Impressive palace and gardens, very nicely composed!
SunBeam17-Sep-2012 17:30
The view is perfect!
Guest 17-Sep-2012 05:20
Very attractive image, pleasant environment, the garden is very beautiful !
janescottcumming16-Sep-2012 11:49
Such great information accompanying this fine photograph. We spent the last day of our trip just chilling out at this beautiful park. V
Santi Bravo Figueras14-Sep-2012 20:27
Aquesta potser encara m'agrada més... molt bona!
lucanton14-Sep-2012 18:15
Tout simplement magnifique, José...V
Dennis Hoyne14-Sep-2012 02:56
Another beautiful historic structure, thanks so much for the historical information.
Barbara Read and Fred Schaad14-Sep-2012 02:41
Beautiful! V
John G Reed14-Sep-2012 02:30
Super. Best. J
Gérard Koehl14-Sep-2012 02:25
La composition et les couleurs sont magnifiques. V
Jay Levin14-Sep-2012 01:44
Beautiful image!
Shayne14-Sep-2012 01:26
Stunning shot - great light
Hank Vander Velde14-Sep-2012 00:47
A most BEAUTIFUL image. Vivid, colourful and nice perspective.
woody3414-Sep-2012 00:37
A beautiful scene. so well composed and presented..V
Stephanie13-Sep-2012 22:44
I love these gardens and your image! Fabulous capture Jose! V
Walter O. Koenig13-Sep-2012 22:08
Great shot of this classic building from this perspective. "V"
bill friedlander13-Sep-2012 21:48
Superb capture of this classy place! The gardens and building are beautiful. V
John Hamers13-Sep-2012 21:33
Excellent composed image with an outstandinf view on the garden and palace !!V
Bonnie13-Sep-2012 21:30
This is amazing! Nicely composed and presented. V
Clarence King13-Sep-2012 21:20
Beautiful composition Jose.
Pat13-Sep-2012 20:42
I know and love this place wer much but it's the first time I see it with this beautiful composition. Congretulation. V
Jim Coffman13-Sep-2012 20:37
What a awesome image of this gorgeous place!!
Bill Klein13-Sep-2012 20:33
Stunning shot, Jose! BV!
Helen Betts13-Sep-2012 20:30
Wow, great framing in the foreground and excellent clarity and light. Beautiful! V.
coaster13-Sep-2012 20:19
Lovely place and composition.
Greeney13-Sep-2012 20:13
Very beautiful, V!
maggie_falconi13-Sep-2012 19:32
Muy linda composición, excelente foto y magnifico jardín!!!!!
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