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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 Australian Glasshouse)

High angle view looking down from the first floor metal walkway, through the glass windows, to the plants below

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

Low angle view of the Art Deco decorations around the main entrance

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

View from above of the turret stairwell, capturing the ambience of the Art Deco style building

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

Detail of a pillar in luminescent glass paste lit by the morning light of the Art Deco main entrance

Incubator roofs

View from the roof of the Plant History Glasshouse of the glass and metal roof structure, with adjustable sun awnings

Plant History Glasshouse (formerly the Australian Glasshouse)

View of the glass and iron roof, seen from the first floor, arching above the plants growing below at sunset

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

Detail of a black plastic dustbin containing Tropical dead leaves

Plant History Glasshouse (formerly Australian Glasshouse)

Glass and iron roof showing reflections of the Grande Mosquee de Paris (Great Mosque of Paris) and the stormy sky at sunset

Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle

Detail showing wheelbarrows stored outside a building next to the Tropical Rainforest Glasshouse

Plant History Glasshouse (formerly Australian Glasshouse)

Detail of a Palm Tree lit by the midday sun

Plant History Glasshouse (formerly Australian Glasshouse)

Low angle view of tree ferns against the glass and metal roof structure

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

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

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

Panoramic view of the luxuriant vegetation from a gap at the second floor of the cave

Plant History Glasshouse (formerly the Australian Glasshouse)

Panoramic view from below, showing the glass and iron roof structure with luxuriant tropical vegetation including Tree ferns

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

View from above of rocks, ornamental Art Deco style platform and plants

"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.