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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  • Great success for urban architecture. The place covered with lawns and flower beds makes you forget that you're at the top of the Montparnasse train station, a real anthill throughout the day. The garden houses tennis courts, ping pong tables, a playground thus due weight of the play areas for children. The whole is completed by weather equipment enthroned in the center of this space. Say that the garden is identified immense multistoried buildings
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  • Built on top of the Montparnasse train station, this plant space allows to be dėconnecter of the Parisian daily. Superb ride also between two matches of trains. The Gl Leclerc of Hauteclocque Jean Moulin Museum is a out. The collections are rich and we bring a the time of the second world war. A must see.
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  • We visited the Jardin Atlantique Park today on our way to the Wall for Peace and unfortunately we couldn’t walk down the middle of it because it was roped off. We did walk around the outside though wh...  more »
  • Bonne athmosphère mais un peu bruyant. Cool
  • Good Park for kids but has a rat issue
  • Weather permitting, a great place to wait for a train out of Montparnasse - fresh air, peace and quiet and plenty of seating.
  • Great to have such a nice slice of nature right on top of the train station!
  • Amazing park on the roof top of Montparnasse Train Station
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