- The ground on which the Jardin du Luxembourg and the Palais du Luxembourg stand was originally the site of a Roman camp. In 1257 the Chartreux religious order bought the land and built a monastery here and later princess regent Marie de Médicis had the palace built in 1615. This is one of Paris' favorite gardens. Sensitively and very prettily laid out, it is wonderfully popular with students and residents in the city's Latin Quarter. Children can go on pony rides, play on swings and sail their toy boats on the octagonal pond. This park is truly a much-loved and popular meeting place. Admission is free.
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