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The Glasshouses in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris - Re-openning to the public in June 2010

Plant History Glasshouse (formerly the Australian Glasshouse)

Panoramic view of the roof with the Grand Gallery of Evolution in the background, seen in the morning light

New Caledonia Glasshouse (formerly The Mexican Hothouse)

Low angle view showing the glass and metal structure; the Tropical Rainforest Glasshouse is visible through the glass walls, beyond the living quarters between the two glasshouses

New Caledonia Glasshouse (formerly The Mexican Hothouse)

View from the front showing the glass and metal roof, with the Tropical Rainforest Glasshouse, in the background to the left, and the main avenue of the Botanical Gardens to the right, with the Paris skyline behind

Desert and Arid Lands Glasshouse

High angle view through the interior showing the glass and metal structure of the walls and roo

New Caledonia Glasshouse (formerly The Mexican Hothouse)

Low angle view showing the glass and metal structures lit by the sinking sun, in whose light the patterns of struts and glass resemble the pipes of an organ

Incubators and Plant History Glasshouse

View from the side at twilight

Plant History Glasshouse on the left and New Caledonia Glasshouse on the right

Seen in the morning light, with the sunlit interior wall of the New Caledonia Glasshouse fully visible in the photograph

New Caledonia Glasshouse (formerly The Mexican Hothouse)

Oblique view of the roof showing the glass and metal structure, including the walkway around the cupola. In the background are the Plant History Glasshouse and the minaret of the Grande Mosquee de Paris (Great Mosque of Paris)

Plant History Glasshouse (formerly Australian Glasshouse)

High angle view of the glass and iron roof structure with plants visible below the struts

Tropical Rainforest Glasshouse and Desert and Arid Lands Glasshouse

View from the side of the roofs at twilight

Tropical Rainforest Glasshouse (formerly Le Jardin d'Hiver or Winter Gardens)

Detail of the Facade showing decoration around the main Art Deco style entrance consisting of pillars in luminescent glass paste, and wrought iron decoration

"As soon as I entered the glasshouses in the Jardin des Plantes and saw the strange plants from exotic countries, I felt as if I had walked into a dream" Le Douanier Rousseau. The Glasshouses in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris which have been under restoration for over six years, will re-open to the public in June 2010. An Art Deco gem, The Tropical Rainforest Glasshouse, formerly known as the Winter Gardens, was built in 1936 by the architect Rene Berger and is to be found in all its splendour at the far North West of the Jardin des Plantes. Behind it the twin sisters, The New Caledonia and the Plant History Glasshouses, previously known as the Mexican Hothouse and the Australian Glasshouse, are the oldest Glasshouses in the world of such large proportions. Built in 1834 by Charles Rohault de Fleury, pioneer in the use of metal in architecture, even earlier than Gustave Eiffel, they are true prototypes for the design of modern glasshouses. A historic centre of research into biodiversity, the glasshouses were also the inspiration for the famous "Jungles" paintings of Le Douanier Rousseau.