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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  • The Jardin Atlantique is a public park, located in the 15th arrondissement of Paris, on the roof which covers the platforms and train station Gare Montparnasse. The garden is between 7 and 18 meters high from the streets. The access is done on rue du Commandant Mouchotte and the boulevard de Vaugirard, for elevators. tparnasse, one of the main train stations of Paris. High Park is not visible from street level. Panoramic Tour Montparnasse Observatory to see the Park.
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  • Well hidden and the underside of the train station Montparnasse place has 2 table tennis and several tennis courts. Places for a picnic and wait for the train in the Sun
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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 »
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  • 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
  • Beautiful, quiet, sportive, and human-sized park.
  • Poorly maintained public park. Not that impressive, don't bother.

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