Parc Monceau | A romantic park in the 8th arrondissement


Very popular with Parisians who work or live in the area, Parc Monceau is a welcome breathing space.

Here you will meet men in business suits hurrying through the park between two appointments, and children in sportswear in the company of their teachers because the park is their open-air gymnasium or people out strolling who are simply whiling away the time.
Parc Monceau is a little oasis of greenery in the very urban 8th arrondissement. Close to place de l’Etoile and the Arc de Triomphe, it is a perfect place to take a break before tackling the Champs Elysées.
The park is a nice place for couples to walk around the lake while listening to birdsong (the park is home to a wide variety of species) and it is also a popular spot for sports enthusiasts, joggers and rollerbladers.
At the weekend the park can become very lively as families invade the children’s play areas.
Look out ! Star gazers should keep an eye out for celebrities out with their children !

Not to miss…

The oldest sycamore tree dates from 1853, has an impressive circumference of 4.18 m and stands over 30 m tall.
The statue of Chopin by Jacques-Froment Meurice (1906) and that of Guy de Maupassant by Raoul Verlet (1897).
A piece from the archway of the Hôtel de Ville, burnt down during the Paris Commune, reigns over this park that was created in the early XVIIIth century.

A little history…

This garden in the English style came from a private initiative under Louis XV. In 1769, the Duke of Chartres acquired the lands of the Monceau plain. He decided to build a landscaped garden there and in 1778 he entrusted the planning to a writer and painter : Louis Carrogis, better known under the name of Carmontelle.
At the time, a taste for the Far East and studies of gardens were very popular. It was fashionable to insert pagodas or other forms of exotic architecture into English-style gardens. Carmontelle decided therefore to create a park that would offer, in a single space, a blend of all eras and all places. That is why along its winding paths you can find Egyptian tombs, sculptures from antiquity, a Tartar tent, a Dutch windmill…
The naumachia and the colonnade remain unquestionably the high points of the wonderfully Romantic garden. Ruins were frequently a theme in XVIIIth century gardens. They encourage meditation while walking, something that the writer Marcel Proust happily did in the XIXth century, and that so many modern-day strollers continue to do today.

Other information:

Accès : boulevard de Courcelles, avenue Vélasquez, avenue Van Dyck, avenue Ruysdael.
The park offers Wi-Fi access.

Source images / Happiness as an Art de Vivre :

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