Europe->France->Île-de-France, Région->Paris->Luxembourg, Jardin du (park)
The second largest public park in Paris (224,500 m2 (22.5 hectares) located in the 6th arrondissement. The park is the garden of the French Senate, which is itself housed in the Luxembourg Palace, built by Salomon de Brosse, commissioned by Marie de Medicis after she was widowed (1610), beginning in 1612. The Jardins du Luxembourg, which followed the Boboli Gardens, Florence, in their general layout, were notable for their parterres, designed by Jacques Boyceau, and the architectural grotto, probably by the Francini brothers. To supply the palace with water the Queen had the Arcueil Aqueduct (1613-1623) built, in which de Brosse and Thomas (Tommaso) Francini were involved.
"Jardin du Luxembourg was the first French garden to be influenced by the Italian Baroque. At the center of the garden is an octagonal pond known as Grand Basin. The pond is surrounded by lawns laid out in geometrical pattern along with the statue of Saint Genevieve, the patron of Paris. The park was designed and supervised by Jacques Boyceau. Fontaine de Medicis is a baroque style fountain designed in 1624. It was modeled after the grotto or cave of Bountalenti in the Boboli.
The Luxembourg Palace was built for Marie de Medici in the years 1615-1627. The gardens of Luxembourg surround the palace with lawns, flowers and trees. The palace was designed by Salomon de Brosse."