Edmond Rothschild Park

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Quiet and almost unknown to tourists, the Edmond Rothschild Park (Parc Edmond-de-Rothschild) is in the shadow of the glory of its larger neighbor - the Bois de Boulogne.

At the beginning of the story

In 1850, Baron James de Rothschild acquired a vast land plot in the vicinity of the Paris suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt for the construction of a country estate. His house became one of the centers of secular entertainment for the wealthy bourgeois, which was visited by famous politicians and representatives of the creative elite. French Prime Minister J. Clemonceau and composer F. Chopin once walked along the alleys of the park surrounding the mansion.

A new stage in the history of the park began in 1886 after the banker's son Edmond Rothschild became the owner of the estate. The landscape designer invited by him divided the territory of the future park into several parts.

The first to be redesigned according to a new plan was the garden in the English free style, created in 1860. Then a French garden was added to it with geometrically correctly laid alleys and intricate flower beds. This part of the park was not preserved after the construction of the A. Paré hospital in 1974.

The enthusiasm of the owners of the estate for the exotic oriental culture led to the creation of a Japanese-style garden in the years 1900-1930. It is distinguished by exotic vegetation combined with spacious lawns, a romantic humpback bridge over the intersection of paths and traditional yukimi-gata lanterns.

The landscape zone, arranged in 1924, became the decoration of the park, in which the designer reproduced a corner imitating the wild nature of the Vosges. The chain of ponds created here and the river with waterfalls rapidly flowing down the rocky ledges conquers with a pacifying atmosphere.

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During the Second World War, one of the parts of the Wehrmacht occupying France was located in the estate and park. After the liberation of the country, the army units of the allies were located here. After the war, the Rothschild family continued to formally own the estate, but none of its members ever lived there. This state of affairs led to the degradation of the mansion and the desolation of the park.

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In 1979, Edmond Rothschild Park, like the entire estate, was acquired by a wealthy sheikh from Saudi Arabia. However, the new owner did almost nothing for her and its revival, and in 1982 the Rothschild estate, along with the adjacent park, was bought by the municipality of Boulogne-Billancourt.

Due to the lack of regular financial support from the city authorities, the state of the park has remained almost unchanged.In May 2016, it was acquired by a private company, the owners of which pledged to put the Edmond Rothschild Park in order.

For a versatile family vacation, a playground is open in Edmond Rothschild Park. Attractions and sports simulators placed on it will give them a lot of pleasure. Adult visitors to the park can devote their leisure time to horseback riding and hiking.

Edmond Rothschild Park is a true refuge for wildlife and birds in the city. In secluded corners on the banks of its ponds, nutria and lake turtles can be found, and from the bridges to feed the ducks nesting in the park. Through the thickness of clear water, you can sometimes see pikes and smaller fish living in reservoirs.

Getting there

Address: 3 Rue des Victoires, Boulogne-Billancourt.
Website: boulognebillancourt.com.
Metro: Jean Jaures.
Run time: 8: 00-19: 00.

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INFO-MANIAC