The Queens of the Luxembourg Garden

Reines de France et Femmes illustres

I've always been intrigued by the statues of French queens and saints that surround the basin of the Luxembourg Garden.

These women are look strong and purposeful, each unique in her pose and attitude.

The statues make up the Reines de France et Femmes illustres, a series of twenty notable women from French history. It was Louis-Philippe who decided which women to feature, in 1843.  

I decided to spend some time with these regal ladies on a cloudy Saturday in November.

Reines de France et Femmes illustres

Sainte Clotilde, Reine de France ( _ -545) :

Marguerite de Provence, Reine de France (1219-1295) :

Anne de Bretagne, Reine de France (1477-1514) :

Anne d'Autriche, Reine de France (1601-1666) :

Blanche de Castille, Reine de France (1188-1252) :

Anne de Beaujeu, Régente de France (1460-1522) :

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Valentine de Milan, Duchesse d'Orléans (1370-1408) :

Marguerite d'Angoulême, Reine de Navarre (1492-1549) :

Marie de Médicis, Reine de France (1573-1642) :

Laure de Noves (1307-1348) :

Marguerite d'Anjou, Reine d'Angleterre (1429-1482) :

Louise de Savoie, Régente de France  (1476-1531) :

Anne Marie Louise d'Orléans, Duchesse de Montpensier (1627-1693) :

Clémence Isaure :

Jeanne d'Albret, Reine de Navarre (1528-1572) :

Marie Stuart, Reine de France (1542-1587) :

Sainte Geneviève, Patronne de Paris (423-512) :

La Reine Mathilde, Duchesse de Normandie ( _ -1083) :

Berthe ou Bertrade, Reine de France ( _ -783) :

Sainte Bathilde, Reine de France ( _ -680) :

*Note: The statues are pictured in the order that they are displayed in the Luxembourg Garden, starting from the northwestern corner of the basin and going counter-clockwise.