Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Paris garden Square du Vert Galant

The Paris garden Square du Vert Galant was located on the ''l'Ile des Juifs''.
In the beginning, the Ile de la Cité was composed of three islands (including l'Ile des Juifs), but because of the construction of the Pont Neuf and the Place Dauphine, they became attached in 1607.
In the eighteenth century, in the west side where is located the garden, houses for baths were installed. It was a great success. However, these activities ended in 1836 after the creation of the Jardin du Vert-Galant, although the location remained very lively because of a cafe-concert (1865-1879).

The garden is named after Henri IV, known for his turbulent love life. Today an equestrian statue of the king overlooks the garden from the top of the Pont Neuf.
It is also from this bridge that the Vedette du Pont-Neuf (tourist boats services sailing on the Seine) have their departure.

Paris - Île de la Cité: Pont Neuf - Statue du King Henri IV
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To access the Paris garden Square du Vert-Galant, Paris visitors need to go down the stairs, which is under the Pont Neuf, at the level of the Equestrian statue of Henri IV. The square is at the edge and is 7 feet below the level of the Ile de la Cité.
There are wondeful views of the Louvre Museum, L'hôtel de la Monnaie and the Coupole de l'Institut.

Location of the Square
The Square du Vert Galant is located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, place du Pont-Neuf 75001 Paris.

How to get to the of the Square du Vert Galant
The Paris metro lines allow visitors to visit the Garden
-Line 7 Pont Neuf station (the best option)
-Line 1,4,7,11,14 Châtelet station (second option)

Entrance fee and opening hours
It's a free-admission Paris attraction.
The opening hours are 7:30am during the week and 9am during the week-end and public holidays.

Paris garden Square du Vert Galant map

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