Friday, 10 August 2018

Parc Monceau: Paris's loveliest park

Parc Monceau  is a public park situated in the 8th arrondissement of ParisFrance, at the junction of Boulevard de Courcelles, Rue de Prony and Rue Georges Berger. At the main entrance is a rotunda. The park covers an area of 8.2 hectares (20.3 acres).

The park was established by Phillippe d'Orléans, Duke of Chartres, a cousin of King Louis XVI, fabulously wealthy, and active in court politics and society. In 1769 he had begun purchasing the land where the park is located. In 1778, he decided to create a public park, and employed the writer and painter Louis Carrogis Carmontelle to design the gardens.

The Rotunda (pictured) was built in 1787. 

French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi designed the Statue of Liberty, which was built by Gustave Eiffel,  a block north of Parc Monceau. The statue was dedicated on October 28, 1886.

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