Not far off, one of the top things to do in Paris, the Palais du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Palace) houses the Sénat (Senate) which is the French parliament’s supreme chamber since 1958. The site that embraces today the Gardens and the Palais du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Palace) was originally a Roman camp. In 1257, when the Chartreux family settled in, this lavish place was a disreputable spot to a point where it was considered as cursed. The Chartreux family transformed it into a flourishing convent. In 1612, Marie de Medicis buys the hotel owned by the Duc de Luxembourg and builds, in 1615, her own palace designed by Salomon de Brosse in a Renaissance style, reminding her of her native Tuscany. Although she was sent into exile, the Palais du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Palace) remained the property of the royal family until the Revolution. The gardens are extended over the Chartreux family land and offer today a splendid panorama for walkers.