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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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  • Rather than wait for your train in the lobby of the Montparnasse train station, take the stairs next to the channel 1 in order to get some fresh air on the rooftops! A garden on slabs over three hectares of land awaits you. Without great pretensions, there the great merits surprise those who did not know of its existence and allow you to breathe the fresh air away from the rush and noise.
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  • a little-known Garden located on the station TGV Montparnasse, still worth a small breath of fresh air, well done in 1997, feels a certain abandonment, the Observatory was a great idea at first, accessible to everyone, unfortunately is no longer in business, a little green for "ugly" buildings surrounding it, you can access it from the docks to station , but we need to find the right staircase, external elevators (Commander Jason Street) are also out of use
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  • Nice place in itself, accessible from the docks TGV Montparnasse train station by a footbridge style construction site, little elegant or by the 91 bus terminus, in the extension of boulevard Pasteur. It's a little muddy at times, but we do with. The garden is framed by two long buildings not terrible, and cut to Pastor by most recent and most elegant building. Fun to walk uphill from the station, but there is of course the crowd on the docks, a bit tedious. But it's fun and friendly, in addition to the memories of Jean Moulin and the second Armored Division which liberated Paris.
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