- Crossing of the Plants garden
- The Paris mosque
- The Lutèce arena
- The Pantheon square
The personalised tour of the Parisian landscape, around the Mouffetard District, accompanied with a state-certified private guide, will transport you to another time.
Located on the right bank, in the 5th arrondissement, the Plants garden, covering an area of 24 hectares and the historic heart of the National Museum of Natural History, is home to 4 centuries of history!
Every year, many visitors, researchers, naturalists and the curious come to discover this remarkable place of preservation and research.
This vast green strength where mense botanical and zoological gardens, buildings, statues, alleys, geology and mineralogy gallery, amphitheater and menagerie, are a veritable open book on nature.
In 1626, Louis XIII order to create a royal garden dedicated to the cultivation of medicinal plants and confide this task to his doctor-botanist, Guy de La Brosse ( 1586-1641)
In 1636, Guy de La Brosse continued to decorate the park and after years of work, the space was inaugurated in 1640 and was opened to the public. It would be a great success and would become an educational cradle, thanks to the courses in anatomy, plant biology and pharmaceutical chemistry given free of charge in French.
Georges Louis Leclerc, naturalist, better known as the Comte de Buffon (1707-1788), who held office until his death, remains one of the most renowned directors of the Royal Garden. It is thanks to his dedication that the scientific research center would become the most important in Europe. In 1793, by decree of the convention, this establishment was made a National Museum of Natural History.
All the buildings bring together the gallery of evolution, the zoo opened in 1794, living plants, insects, vertebrates as well as various prehistoric pieces, rocks, minerals, fossils, etc.
During your walk in this green setting you will discover various and varied plant species, historic trees such as the pistachio tree, over 300 years old, the Wollemi pine, the square greenhouses built in 1834-1836, the tropical forest greenhouse 1935-1936…
Enjoy a rich, sensory experience and a world tour in the heart of Paris with specimens from China, America, Asia, Japan, Lebanon, Crete and several continents! This outing will delight young and old alike.
Nearby and as an extension of your route, you can admire the Great Mosque of Paris, located in the Latin Quarter. Its Hispano-Moorish architecture, its colours and mosaics reveal a breathtaking whole!
Built by craftsmen from the Maghreb from 1922 to 1926 in honour of the Muslim soldiers who died for France during the First World War, this place of worship will captivate you!
You have the possibility, on request, to continue your visit to admire the interior and discover all the beauties that this Mosque hides. From Persian rugs, to the gigantic cedarwood door, library, the garden of delights through history, this oriental building takes you on a fabulous cultural and intellectual journey.
Accompanied by your guide, you will head to the Arènes de Lutèce, built in the 1st century AD. These Gallo-Roman remains, listed as Historical Monuments, are part of one of the oldest buildings in the capital.
Destroyed during the barbarian invasions, some traces of the Roman Empire are still visible: the lodge of the actors, the stage platform where the fights of gladiators and beasts took place, the niches…
Destroyed, Victor Hugo intervened with the President of the Municipal Council of Paris in 1883 so that these archaeological remains, witnesses of the past, could be restored and brought to light.
You will, then, arrive in front of the Pantheon, crowned by a dome 83 meters high, the first stone of which was laid by Louis XV Jacques-Germain Soufflot, Architect, began work in 1757.
Did you know that this neo-classical building was originally a church intended to keep the chest of relics of Saint Genevieve, patron saint of the capital?
This republican monument has undergone many upheavals, a temple of the fatherland and then a new church, to finally obtain the status of Pantheon in honour of the great personalities of the French nation.
Illustrious characters from yesterday and today rest in the Panthéon such as Victor Hugo, Pierre and Marie Curie, Voltaire, Émile Zola, Louis Braille, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Jean Moulin, Simone Veil, in November 2020 Maurice Genevoix …
Book this tailor-made day filled with cultural and original effervescence with family, group or friends. A great adventure awaits you!