Not far from the Arc de Triomphe, on an area of 8 hectares, there is Monceau Park - a green corner with its own atmosphere and romance. This unconventional French park, made in the English style, is the legacy of the Duke of Orleans, who back in the 18th century bought a piece of land on the modern Courcelles Street, where a pavilion was erected surrounded by a French garden. Gradually, the garden turned into a beautiful park, which was expanded and updated more than once.
Parc Monceau is a combination of picturesque views, human creations in the form of rotundas, gates, marble statues and wide walking alleys, where you can breathe in the air filled with the scent of the forest and feel a real relaxing tranquility.
Walking along winding paths covered with gravel, along bright green patches of manicured lawns and artificial rocks and waterfalls, guests of the park plunge into the world of idyll and romance of Paris, each time surprising with its mysterious corners.
Highlights of Monceau Park
This piece of paradise differs from the traditional style of French parks, in which everything strives for strict clear lines and order. Parc Monceau stands out for its spacious alleys, winding paths, a beautiful winter garden, tree curtains and recreated copies of ancient buildings.
Old-timers of the area grow on the territory of the park: a 140-year-old plane tree, 7 meters in girth, and a 130-year-old maple, whose girth is a little less than 4 meters.
The highlight of the park is its landscape, which is decorated with miniature copies of Corinthian columns, the pyramid of the Roman consul Gaius Cestius, a large-scale copy of the Egyptian pyramid, a Dutch windmill and a Chinese fortress. Agree, it is very nice to see the symbols of other countries, made by experienced craftsmen and collected on the same territory.
Surrounded by ancient aristocratic buildings, the park evokes ideas of the distant past, full of important events and palace intrigues.
Acquaintance with the park
As the theater begins with a hanger, so the Parc Monceau welcomes guests with gates of magnificent work, which are a true masterpiece of gilding, iron casting and forging of the 19th century. Also impressive is the rotunda, created by Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, a French master of classicist architecture. The rotunda is surrounded by a Doric colonnade and gives an idea of the interpretation of the Greek style in architecture by the French master.
The dilapidated antique colonnade, made in the Corinthian style, stands out against the background of the greenery of the park. On the shore of the pond, it looks very colorful. A little south of the colonnade under the arch, which is the original portal of the old Town Hall, which was damaged by fire in the 19th century, there is a beautiful path leading deep into the park.
What to see in the park
The park displays not only the creations of outstanding people, but also monuments and marble statues of famous writers and musicians, among whom the honorable place was taken by the Polish composer, virtuoso pianist Frederic Chopin, French writer Guy de Maupassant, French opera composer Ambroise Thoma.
Creators of the modern park Monceau
Parc Monceau owes its modern appearance to the agronomist Jean Pierre Barille-Deschamps, the engineer Adolphe Anfand, the architect Daviu, who made great efforts to turn the park into a work of art.
Parc Monceau is so impressive that many creative people have sought to get here to get inspiration to create new masterpieces. Thus, the greatest French artist and one of the founders of Impressionism, Claude Monet, dedicated his painting to the park, entitled "In the Parc Monceau".
Favorite place to walk
Parc Monceau is not as popular as the Eiffel Tower or the Champs Elysees, but that's where its beauty lies. Local residents, mostly representing mothers with children or couples in love, leisurely stroll along the alleys and winding paths, comfortably sit on the lawns to have a bite to eat in the bosom of nature and immerse themselves in an atmosphere of calm and carelessness. It's no surprise that the park is full of kids of all ages, as it also houses a bilingual school.
When you visit Parc Monceau, you will feel a surge of strength and inspiration that will help you re-enter the workday.
Address: 35 Boulevard de Courcelles, Paris 75008.
Phone: + 33 1 42 27 39 56.
Run time: 7: 00-21: 00.