Author: joanne clifford
Palais du Luxembourg
I left our hotel in the Latin Quarter this morning and after dropping Peter off at his business meeting (or rather, accompanying him on his walk), I walked through the Jardins du Luxembourg on my way to the Musée d'Orsay. Because it was early in the morning, the gardens were quiet, and while I wasn't "alone", I was probably about as close as you can come to "alone" in these gardens during their open hours. They are incredibly beautiful and especially so on a pleasant blue-skied day in early September! I wandered too long and consequently, when I arrived at the Musée d'Orsay (after opening), waited in line for quite some time to get my tickets. Lesson learned - avoid the scenic route when on a mission!
As an aside, the Musée d'Orsay was amazing!
“Built in 1625 by Salomon de Brosse for Queen Marie of Médicis, the Palais du Luxembourg was a residence for the Royal Family before it was turned into a prison during the French Revolution.
In 1800, Napoléon Bonaparte employed Chalgrin to transform the palace and the first senators took office in 1804. Initially, there were 80 senators collectively called the “Sénat Conservateur” and their purpose was to approve the Emperor’s decisions. After the fall of Napoléon in 1814, the Senate was replaced by the “Chambre des Pairs”. A few years later, space for the 271 people involved in the “Chambre des Pairs” was becoming an issue. Therefore in 1836, King Louis Phillippe employed architect Alphonse de Gisors to enlarge the palace to its current structure.
During the Second World War, the palace was occupied, before being liberated in 1944. In 1958, Charles de Gaulle created the 5th Republic and the Senate that we know today. 321 senators gather in the Palais du Luxembourg in “commissions” to analyse written laws, with 6 permanent “commissions” who collect information from ministers, trade unions and a large number of both French and foreign experts.
The President of the Senate is the second most important figure in the country after the President of the Republic. The library contains some 450,000 books.”
Sénat - Palais du Luxembourg
15 rue de Vaugirard - 75006 Paris