Garden of plants: the beauty of Nature in the heart of Paris

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The Garden of plants is a botanical park open to the public located in the 5 e Paris district, between the Paris Mosque and the university campus of Jussieu in front of the Austerlitz station and along the Seine.

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It also includes galleries of scientific exhibitions. Its area is 25.5 hectares. The garden of medicinal plants was created by Guy de La Brosse in 1635 by an Edict of King Louis XIII. It opens to the public in 1640. It also offers free education and French in botany, chemistry and anatomy. The Museum of Natural History and the Menagerie, the zoo of the Jardin des Plantes, were opened in 1793. Throughout the years until 2014, several galleries opened their doors: the Gallery of Mineralogy and Geology, the Zoology Gallery, the Galleries of Paleontology and Comparative Anatomy, the Great Gallery of Evolution. In 2010 is created the first Children's Gallery and the School of Botany is redeveloped.

Jardin des Plantes in the heart of the French capital

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It's been over 400 years since the garden opened its doors from sunrise to sunset so that the opening hours are not the same throughout the year. More than a botanical garden, it is still one of the most important scientific research centers in Europe. Today, there are twelve gardens in the Garden and about 15,000 plants of 8,500 genera, species and varieties from different natural environments. It also hosts 2000 trees, including very old trees existing since 17 e century, 2500 shrubs, 8500 perennial herbaceous plants, 2000 greenhouse plants and 80 000 seasonal plants. The places of visit open to the public are eight: the Great Gallery of Evolution, the Children's Gallery, the Gallery of Mineralogy and Geology, the Galleries of Comparative Anatomy and Paleontology, the History Cabinet of the Jardin des Plantes , the Botanical Gallery, the Great Greenhouses of the Jardin des Plantes and the Menagerie. The Menagerie, created by Bernardin de Saint-Pierre in 1793, is the second oldest zoo in the world. Every year around 8 million visitors come to the gardens and discover the great collections of stuffed animals and plant spaces that are not found in European latitudes. Learn more about the evolution of natural history or simply enjoy the peace and harmony in the center of Paris is an experience to live.

The Menagerie: one of the largest zoology galleries in the world

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Four centuries of adventures and scientific discoveries, the garden of plants is a place of preservation and research for naturalists and for enthusiasts in botany, mineralogy, zoology, in a word, in Nature. The names of the streets that surround it are not chosen at random. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire street, Buffon street and Cuvier street: these are three of the greatest French naturalists of 19 e century. Buffon is also the character who will change the face of the Garden and transform it into an exceptional place by bringing plants from around the world. It also enriches the collections of the Museum of Natural History. Find the beauty of these gardens and its sites with our selection of 55 extraordinary photographs:

The Garden Plan

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The belvedere

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The belvedere close up

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Sculpture by artist Paulo Grangeon

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The gallery of evolution, architect Louis Jules André

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The Botanical School

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Exhibition: art and nature

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The wilderness

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Pink flamingos

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The menagerie

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Leopard

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Red panda sleeping

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Red panda in action

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Children's Gallery

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Children's Gallery

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The Zoology Gallery

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The Paleontology and Anatomy Gallery

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The Paleontology and Anatomy Gallery

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The Paleontology and Anatomy Gallery

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Great gallery of evolution

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The tall greenhouses

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The Great Greenhouses from the inside

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The Great Greenhouses from the inside II

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Exhibition Mille et une orchids, large greenhouse, photo Alain Delavie

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The Great Greenhouses

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The alpine garden

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Flower alley

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