Posted by: nancycurteman | March 21, 2010

A Parisian Secret Garden: Square du Vert-Galant

Here is another hidden treasure in the city of Paris that awaits those visitors who are not just run of the mill tourists but wish to be true connoisseurs of this beautiful city. Stray from the beaten path and follow the roads less traveled.

Square du Vert-Galant is a tranquil, tree-lined garden enclosed within the triangular western point of Ile de La Cite. It is reached via steps leading down behind the equestrian statue of Henri IV who was known as “Vert-Galant”, meaning a green or lusty, amorous gentleman. The park is usually not crowded, a perfect place for romance or quiet meditation. The best spot to sit and enjoy the view of the Seine is at the very tip of the island on a little knoll dotted with trees.


  1. And this is the place where the last Grand Master of the Knights Templars was burnt at stake . There is a plate on a wall there about this event .


    • What an interesting bit of history. I didn’t see the plate. Thanks for letting me know about it.


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