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Medici Fountain, Paris

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Now a beautiful attraction in Paris, Medici Fountain was originally created in the 17th century at the Luxembourg gardens for Maria de' Medici, Queen of France. You can visit this site and admire the romantic fountain in a peaceful atmosphere. The grotto fountain is adorned with columns and completely covered with reliefs that simulate water seeping from rock walls.

The fountain is also decorated with allegorical statues, which were added much later. The first statue, Venus in the center niche, is now replaced by the mythological figures of the lovers Acis and Galatea in white Carrara marble. The jealous Cyclops statue, Polyphemus, observes the couple from a ledge. Brush up on your mythology before you arrive to really enjoy these artistic stories. Put Medici Fountain on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Paris trip itinerary maker.
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  • The sculptured objects and the aligned pedestal of flowers made it dramatic as the reflections seen on the pond. The fountain was the center of attraction adorned with blooming flowers too. It is a be...  more »
  • In the Luxembourg park is this beautiful pond and statue. Very heavily treed, totally shaded, very nice cool place to relax. Many places to sit along the pond. Ducks too.  more »
  • Medicis Street on the East side of the Palace near Luxembourg Gardens are quite large, but I came from the Ile de la Cité island had art on one side and small waterways where. Didn't had much interest, so much impression on the memories, but in retrospect was "speaking of which, towards the end of the Park," I was feeling.
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  • This is a beautiful fountain tucked away in a part of the Luxembourg gardens. The soothing sound of trickling water and the benches make it a great place to take a few moments to relax or eat a sandwich. The statues are full of emotion and well worth a visit.
  • Calm and pleasant place where you can re-charge after busy day in Paris.
  • A peaceful respite in the busy city. We almost missed this on our walk through the gardens.
  • A beautiful fountain given to Paris as a gift from Italy (so I've heard) Quiet water you can meditate near, with a shaded area secluded from the park's noise.
  • A fantastic piece of art. You find it in the north western corner of the Luxembourg garden. Don`t miss this gem when you visit this garden. When we were there it was little water in the fountain, but with more water it would be absolutely beautiful

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