Montsouris Park in Paris

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After enjoying the bustle and architectural delights of the French capital, you should definitely plunge into the quiet harbor of the emerald lawns of Parc Montsouris. Spread over 15 hectares, Montsouris Park will present its visitors with the natural beauty of an English garden. Walking winding paths under the shade of century-old trees, serene contemplation of the lake and even picnics on a soft carpet of dense green grass - this is what has attracted people here for more than 150 years.

The origin of the Montsouris park

The history of Montsouris Park began in 1865 during the reign of Napoleon III. During that period, large-scale greening projects were carried out in Paris, and it was then that four large parks in the English style were born, bordering the capital from all sides. Including the Montsouris park, which has adorned the southern outskirts of the city and has become a recreation place for mainly students.

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The project was supervised by Baron Osman, and the complex engineering and architectural work was headed by the architect Adolph Alfan. The main task that Alphand had to solve was to hide under the park the railway connecting Paris with the town of Sau, and the small ring road that crosses the city.

Although the development of the park continued until 1878, the inauguration of the new green zone took place in 1869.

Points of attraction in Montsouris park

A favorite place for recreation in the park has always been an interesting teardrop-shaped lake with a small green island in the middle. Numerous trees, bent their spreading branches to the water surface, create an atmosphere of comfort and peace. And the narrowest part of the lake is crowned with a picturesque gazebo, which has become a place of solitude for couples in love.

Walking slowly along the intricate alleys of the park, you can see a lot of interesting things. In the southwest corner is the building of the old meteorological station, which contains the most complete archive of data on climate change in France. And on one of the eastern hills, hungry visitors will find a restaurant that has been operating for more than 125 years and once received eminent writers and politicians.

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Few people know, but the first prime meridian was not the London one, but the Parisian meridian, a memorial sign for which was installed in the western part of the park back in 1806. And in the northwest there is a stele in memory of the soldier Pierre Durand, who died here from a bomb explosion during the Second World War.

The flora and fauna of the park is no less interesting. Ducks and even herons can be found on the lake. And of the 150 plant species, Japanese persimmon and Lebanese cedar will attract special attention. Romantics will be inspired by the search for a "dancing" chestnut - once the trunks of two trees have grown together and now resemble a dancing couple.

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You should definitely appreciate the work of Adolf Alfan, who managed to hide the railway in the park unnoticed. But it crosses the entire park from north to south! Two bridges, like two hands, connect the halves of the park and allow you to look at the architect's engineering solution from a height.

Originally created for the recreation of students of the nearby University, Montsouris Park has now become a favorite pastime for children and adults, who are recharged here with energy for a new day.

Getting there

Address: 2 Rue Gazan,, Paris 75014
Phone: +33 1 53 90 67 14
RER Train: University campus
Bus: Parc Montsouris, La Sibelle, Jourdan-Montsouris
Run time: 7:00-20:30

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