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Located in the 6th district of Paris , in the heart of the Latin Quarter and quite close to the 4-star Lutetia Hotel , the Luxembourg Gardens are a private park open to the public. They were created in 1612 by Marie de Médicis, who longed for an area reminiscent of the Boboli Gardens in Florence.
Bordered by the Luxembourg Museum and the Palais du Luxembourg , seat of the French senate, the Gardens extend over more than 23 hectares and are known to be one of the most beautiful parks in Paris , combining both English and French style gardens. They are very popular with the residents of Paris, who love to go there to stroll around and relax, read on a park bench, play chess or take advantage of activities for children, such as pony rides. Every year, the Luxembourg Gardens are a stopping point for many visitors visiting the city. Just a few steps from the business district and the Concorde Montparnasse Hotel , away from the hustle and bustle, this park is a traveler's haven of peace and tranquility.
The Luxembourg Gardens are home to more than 100 statues and a number of fountains, including the magnificent Médicis fountain, nicknamed the "Luxembourg Cave" in the 17th century. Accessible from Rue Guynemer, the Orange Grove contains superb, ancient Seville-orange trees, pink laurel bushes and Pomegranate trees. The Conservatory Orchard has several hundred apple and pear trees, including some ancient varieties. The Gardens also serve as a venue for outdoor operas, concerts and exhibits.