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Luxembourg Palace and garden: photos, description (Palais du Luxembourg)

In 1612, shortly after the death of king Henry IV, his widow Marie de ' Medici wished to move from directing her longing of the Louvre. The Queen bought the vacant Palace of the Duke of Luxembourg together with garden. To rebuild the acquisition she commissioned the architect Salomon de Brosse.

De Brosse decided to rebuild the Palace in the "Tuscan" style. However, in layout it used the so-called French scheme, and the high roof and the dome of the Palace are well within the canons of French classicism.

The Palace was like that of Maria de Medici. She wanted to decorate the gallery of the second floor specially written paintings. For this she invited prominent master of Rubens. The artist created a cycle of 24 paintings "the Life of Marie de Medici". A skilled diplomat, he took a bold step: not too significant milestones in the life of the Queen was depicted as a great event involving the ancient gods. Now these paintings exhibited in the Louvre.

The Medici lived in the Palace for long: the son of Louis XIII banished her from Paris. The Palace was empty until the revolution. In the revolution he was made a prison for the nobility. There were Desmoulins, Lanton, the future wife of Napoleon Josephine de Beauharnais.

During the German occupation, it was the headquarters of the Luftwaffe, here run Hermann Goering. Now in the Luxembourg Palace houses the French Senate.

In spite of the strictly formal character of the Palace, adjoining a beautiful Park is available for visitors - is one of the favorite places of Parisians.

Children are attracted miniature theatre "Guignol" with his hero parsley, antique children's carousel, pleasure ponies and carriages. Favorite children's entertainment - the fountain in front of the facade of the Palace. Here you can let the rented boats.

Luxembourg gardens is also the Museum under the open sky. Here you can see dozens of sculptures representing the Queens of France, great figures, characters of ancient myths. In one corner of the garden is a six-foot copy of the statue of Liberty the work of Frederic Auguste Bartholdi - the master created the giant figure of Liberty for the United States.