The Medici Fountain

One of my favorite parts of the Jardin du Luxembourg was the Medici Fountain.  This fountain was built in 1630 by Marie de’ Medici, King Henry IV’s widow and the regent of King Louis XIII of France. Tomasso Francini, a Florentine fountain maker, designed it.  Unfortunately the fountain was not maintained and had seen better days when Napoleon ordered that it be restored.  In 1864-1866 the fountain was relocated to its present site.  Also, sculptures of Polyphemus surprising two lovers, Acis and Galatea, were added.

I found this section of the gardens peaceful and the sculptures blew me away.  I hope you enjoy.  And if you are in the area, they are worth seeking out.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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34 Responses to The Medici Fountain

  1. Madhu says:

    I loved the Luxembourg gardens Angeline. My picture of the Medici fountain is not as good though 🙂

  2. aFrankAngle says:

    Just another one of the countless number of beauties of the Old World.

  3. Anita S says:

    I wish I had seen this fountain while in Paris, but your excellent photos are the next best thing!

  4. Fergiemoto says:

    Amazing! Some statues leave me in total awe! Great photos

  5. wolke205 says:

    Impressive & very very beautiful, thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Valentina says:

    It’s a beautiful site. Thank you.

  7. fgassette says:

    Love your beautiful shots of this fountain.


  8. Northern Narratives says:

    I love your photo of this beautiful place.

  9. Gim Campasso says:

    Love this place!! This is not only my favourite fountain in the whole world but as well my favourite spot in Paris… Sitting by the chairs, watching people passing by, reading, and breathing the parisien air, it all becomes to me an incredible experience and a moment of relax, and inside peace… Thanks for bringing back those certain moments !!

  10. Wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing and transporting me.

  11. OMGeezy, this might be my favorite place in Paris. Thank you for posting these pics. I think it’s the way the green works with the siding and then the sculpture in the center. That’s my two cents anyway. Awesome!

  12. pattisj says:

    Nothing short of amazing!

  13. The Hook says:

    What a beautiful place…

  14. zelmare says:

    How very beautiful!!! And I agree about the statues – they are absolutely divine. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  15. niasunset says:

    WOW! This is great post and great shots… Thank you dear TBM, fascinated me all these sculptures with the green reflections… Love, nia

  16. Caroline says:

    I used to go to the Jardin everyday and managed to not see this.
    It’s lovely though.

  17. Myra GB says:

    The sculptures are majestic-looking. Awe-inspiring indeed.

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