Medici Fountain

Tucked away in a corner of the sprawling Luxembourg Gardens of Paris, many people miss out on seeing this hidden gem.

It was initially constructed by Marie de’ Medici in 1630 on the grounds of her newly built residence, Luxembourg Palace.

Sadly, after her death the palace, fountains and grounds went into disrepair.

Fast forward to the mid-1800s, the fountain was repaired and moved to accommodate the creation of nearby Rue de Medicis, one of the major projects launched by Baron Haussmann.

If you’re not familiar with Monsieur Haussmann, he was the urban planner selected by Napoleon III to transform much of medieval Paris into the modern and elegant Paris that we know today.

Today, the fountain is home to ducks and visited by those looking for a relaxing break from the fast-paced capital city. Thankfully not too many people seem to be aware of its existence, and it’s a tranquil place to sit and reflect.

Bonne journée!


9 thoughts on “Medici Fountain

  1. In 2006 some modern artist made a funny addition to this fountain. Unfortunately my photo of it is rather hidden, as it is the 38th photo in this post:
    This was one of my first posts when I started my current website. I have since decided it is much too long, so maybe I should take advantage of the corona self-isolation situation and divide it up into several shorter ones.


  2. I never heard of this place, but it is definitely a place I would like to see. Thank you for posting these beautiful pictures and letting us know it is a place to visit.


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