Parc Monceau

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Parc Monceau

Leave the bustling Avenue des Champs-Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe behind you, take a pleasant 900 metre walk down the wide Avenue Hoch.

Enter through the grand, gold filagree gates and you will discover this peaceful and charming park, Parc Monceau.

Located in the 8th arrondissement, the park offers some respite from the crowds and an opportunity to admire some of the surrounding grand mansions.

 

Commissioned by King Louis XVI’s cousin, The Duke of Chartres; Philippe d’Orléans and completed in 1779, the park was much larger than the park you see today.

 

Initially, containing architectural follies, or extravagant buildings that were to represent different places around the globe, some of these items included,  an Italian vineyard, a Dutch windmill, and a minaret, only a few of the features remain today.

 

One of which is the enchanting lily pond, surrounded by ‘Roman’ columns, and a small replica of an Egyptian pyramid.

 

Time moved on and a new city wall was constructed along one edge of the park.

 

A circular rotunda was built to act as a customs house and the Duke of Chartres resided in the apartment on the top floor, allowing him views of the park.

By 1793 and after The Duke had voted for his cousin Louis XVI’s execution, he, himself was guillotined and the park became the property of the city of Paris.

 

Around 1815, the park was halved, when the Dukes family, who by this time had regained ownership and sold parcels of land to developers who built some of the grand mansions you see surrounding the park today and the city of Paris, bought back the remaining area.

In 1861, during Baron Haussmann’s redevelopment of Paris, he constructed two long wide boulevards leading to the park, to allow horse and carriages easy access.

Today you will find sculptures of French figures, such as Chopin and the refurbished circular rotunda  (MAP)

This is a lovely, tranquil park, much smaller and less populated than the big Jardin des Tuileries and the Luxembourg Gardens.  Here tourists are replaced with local joggers and families.  

It is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon, with a coffee from the Kiosk and a quiet stroll.

 

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Paris Adèle’s Information Necessaire :

Parc Monceau
Entrances :
Main with rotunda – Boulevard de Courcelles,
Rue de Prony and Rue Georges Berger
Shortest route from Arc de Triomphe via Ave Hoch  MAP
 
Nearest Metro
Monceau
 
Facilities
Kiosk
Toilets
Childrens Play area
Free Wi-Fi
Free Entry
 
 
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