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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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TripAdvisor
  • It is hard to believe that a train station lies under this wonderful park. There are full grown trees making this an oasis in the city. A must to visit.  more »
  • Who would believe it! Right above the busy station, a spacious park, surrounded by greenery and bright flower-beds, including lavender-beds, in bloom right now with a well-kept green lawn for relaxing...  more »
  • This 8.4-acre garden with an Atlantic coast theme spreads across the roof that covers the Gare Montparnasse tracks and platforms. Big ventilator shafts in the garden provide air to the area below. Des...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Bit empty during the weekend?