There are not so many places in the world where the atmosphere of a kind of cozy grandeur reigns, which every guest of the Luxembourg Palace, located in the center of old Paris, finds himself in.
And the beauty of the exotic Luxembourg Park, located directly opposite the palace, decorated with statues of French queens, fascinates not only every guest of the city, but also attracts many Parisians who love to spend their free time here.
Palais du Luxembourg, as the locals call it, at one time was the residence of Marie de Medici, who built it on the land acquired for the construction of the palace from François of Luxembourg (hence the name), with the help of the talented architect Salomon de Bros.
The ceremonial laying of the first stone of the palace took place in April 1615. But due to political problems that arose during the construction period, the construction of the Luxembourg Palace was delayed for ten years, and after the unexpected death of Bross, one of the most popular French architects at that time, Jacques Lemercier, became the author of the project. It is for this reason that the style of construction is not kept strictly in a certain direction, but is transitional from the Renaissance to the Baroque.
The legendary queen strove to build a cozy residence that could remind her of the Florentine Pitti Palace, where she spent her happy childhood. It is for this reason that the Medici entrusted the interior decoration of the premises to her beloved Italian artist Rubens, who had already become popular among the Parisian nobility. Based on the interiors of the palace, the master created a whole series of 24 paintings, which have become a worthy decoration of the castle and today are one of the most valuable exhibits in the Louvre.
The majestic columns, made for each of the floors in a specific style, are crowned by a spacious terrace, which offers a beautiful view of the garden with original fountains and artificial ponds.
The Luxembourg Palace, being one of the most beautiful creations of architecture, at various times, after revolutionary transformations, managed to serve not only as a prison building, but also was the site of the founding of the first Directory, and then the palace for the French Senate, where its sessions are currently held. ...
Repeated renovations and alterations associated with the change of owners of the building have significantly changed the appearance of the palace and the adjacent park, but this place is still one of the most mesmerizing corners of the French capital. In addition, the premises of the palace periodically serve as a venue for exhibitions of world famous art masters.
Address: 15 Rue de Vaugirard, Paris 75291
Phone: +33 1 42 34 20 00
RER Train: Luxembourg