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Jardin Atlantique Paris, Paris

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The Jardin Atlantique is a public park and garden located in the 15th arrondissement of Paris, on the roof that covers the tracks and platforms of the Gare Montparnasse railway station. It has an area of 3.4 hectares. It was created by the landscape architects Brun, Penna and Schnitzler, and opened in 1994.DescriptionThe garden is placed atop the large roof, or dalle, that covers the tracks and platforms of the Gare Monparnasse, supported by twelve pillars, and seventeen meters above the street level. Large ventilator shafts for the station are placed around the garden, and the announcement of the trains departing can be heard in the garden. Cubes of stone filled with earth contain five hundred trees. The garden is surrounded by office buildings and by a line of tennis courts on the west side. It is also the site of a small museum honoring Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque, commander of the French armored division which entered Paris first during the liberation of the city from the Germans in August 1944.The plan of the garden is inspired the historical role of the Gare Montparnasse as the train station that connected Paris to Brittany and the Atlantic Ocean. One theme is that of a ship; the lamposts resemble the masts of sailing ships, and there are two elevated walkways on either side of the garden which resemble the bridges of ships. The visitor to the garden is supposed to feel like a passenger on a cruise ship surrounded by a circle of office buildings.In the center of the garden, surrounded by a lawn, is a small square called the Isle of the Hesperides, named for the legendary islands believed by the Ancient Greeks to be to the west of the Pillars of Hercules. In the "island" is a fountain, called the Fontaine des Hesperides, made by the sculptor Jean-Max Llorca, composed of several gigantic meteorogical instruments for measuring the rain, temperature, wind and atmospheric pressure, surrounded by jets of water.
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  • You only get here when you find it on a map or, like me, saw the garden from the rooftop of the montparnasse tower... The garden is nowhere indicated so you have to find your way: go into the montparn...  more »
  • Right above Gare Montparnasse station, there lies this beautiful garden or you can say this green waiting area, full of flower beds, sitting area, a tennis court and play area for kids. While we waite...  more »
  • The idea of this garden suspended above the station, was in 1994, to reproduce the characteristic vegetation of the Atlantic coast where trains from Montparnasse train station take travellers. The vegetation of the Atlantic side West is also represented. Gray and metal for shipbuilding with waves and a rather marine vegetation, pine trees, tall grass, reeds, and flower beds where dominate the purple, green, white, and blue. In early spring the flower beds are beautiful and well ordered. The central lawn around the main avenue called "Alley of the 2nd DB" is a tender green. However origins plants are decommissioned as the fountain of the island of the Hesperides. But the adjustable mirror on his feet, intended to illuminate the fountain basin, is still there. Similarly there are shady alleys, quiet corners arranged around marble slabs, spaces for children with a boat-shaped structure. To the right of the entrance there is a metal construction cubic style with a staircase in deck, called "The blue waves Pavilion". Can be found in spaces a diversity of trees such as the Virginia Micocouliers and Provence, the lime trees of America, plane trees of East, Cypress, etc it is true that the environment of smooth and high buildings does not escape. But however, this garden has a certain charm and especially, being little known and poorly reported, it's peaceful, which is a definite advantage over this busy station. Rather than wait for his train in the crush of waiting rooms, it is better, the beautiful season, to go alongside No. 1 and go up the stairs that gives access to the garden. It is open from 9: 00 to 20:30 some days and from 08: 00 at 21:30 the rest of the time and in the summer.
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  • Poorly maintained public park. Not that impressive, don't bother.
  • Nice place in the middle of the buildings. "Secret place". Nice for family and friends
  • A nice park, at the top of the Montparnasse train station, with tennis courts and many vegetal species. Ideally to have a rest at any time of the day, rocked by the train sounds, you can think of your next trips ;) It also includes the museum of Général Leclerc de Hauteclocque and of Paris Liberation and the museum Jean-Moulin.
  • I played tennis here. Court and the atmosphere was great.
  • There's lots to discover in this parc and it's a fine place to wait for a train, no cars, no shops, no noise. Finding it is a challenge, there are access stairs up to it next to platform 1 in Montparnasse main station and also from the middle bit with the rental car agencies. There's also a lift from Boulevard Vaugirard just down the main stairs from the Quick.

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