The palace was built in the 17th century for Marie de' Medici and attempted to convey the ambience of her former palace in Florence, but thankfully failed to be a copycat. The Luxembourg palace shone for its own beauty and romance of its truly French luscious garden (Jardin du Luxembourg), celebrated by the most prominent poets of France. The center of the garden is surrounded by statues of French queens, and somewhere in its depths stands a monument to Delacroix. The Medici fountain with golden fish deserves a few minutes of attention; even on the hottest days it provides coolness and shade for visitors. Today, the Senate sits in session in the Luxembourg palace.