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Le Jardin des Plantes

Metro : Gare d'Austerlitz
jardin des plantes
The Jardin des Plantes was created at the initiative of the premier botanists of the 16th century. Initially providing medicinal plants to Louis XIII from 1626. Today the gardens are more attuned to pleasant walks, offering a museum of natural history, a greenhouse, an alpine garden, a rose garden and a menagerie. All the plants are clearly tagged to allow them to be easily identified by visitors. Perfect French flowerbeds adorn the central entrance. The School of Botany have counted some 4500 different plants within the gardens, including four historic trees: A Judah tree from 1785, a Vélani oak from 1814, a Corsican pine from 1784 and lime blossom tree planted during the bicentenary of the French Revolution. The alpine garden, planted in 1930, includes 2000 plants spread over an area of 4000m2. The menagerie is one of the world’s oldest zoos, created in 1794 as the royal menagerie, housing various exotic animals. Today it holds 240 mammals, 500 birds and 130 reptiles. A hedge labyrinth allows visitors to lose themselves within its lush green walls. The incredible Biblioteque du Jardin des Plantes dates back to the French Revolution, its shelves holding around 3000 manuscripts, 800 000 books and a number of historic engravings, all dedicated to the plant and animal worlds.

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