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Bois de Vincennes: photo description (Bois de Vincennes)

Bois de Vincennes is the largest of the green areas of Paris with an area of nearly 10 square kilometers. It is located to the East of Paris, in the suburban Vincennes. Administratively, however, the area belongs to the XII district of the capital.

In the Vincennes forest for centuries housed the hunting grounds of French kings. First here started riding, the founder of the Capetian dynasty, Hugh Capet (940-996). His descendant Louis XII built here a hunting Lodge. Philippe-August of the Curve (the first monarch who called himself the title "king of France", before it was only "kings of the francs") the estate has expanded and was surrounded by a forest fence. In the XIV-XVII centuries on the site of a hunting Lodge was built the château de Vincennes, which is now located on the Northern edge of the forest. In the vicinity there were many aristocratic country estates. The forest area is constantly improved for Hiking the king and his entourage.

The French revolution swept away the well-being of the forest was turned into a training ground for military exercises. Over a large area (166 acres) trees uprooted, built barracks, shooting range, ammunition warehouses. The forest was desolate.

In the mid-nineteenth century, the last French monarch, Napoleon III drew attention to the deplorable state of the forest and his decree marked the beginning of his transformation into the biggest Park. The project was led by architect Jean-Pierre Barie-Deschamps and engineer Jean-Charles al. They planned the territory to the English Park with a network of lakes and canals, with trees of many types. The forest was filled with fountains, bridges, pavilions and restaurants. Napoleon III went into an unexpected monarch step: it made the Bois de Vincennes public and gave it to the city of Paris.

In the 30-ies of XX century there were roads for cars and cyclists. In 1969, East of the forest on a former military parade ground was opened in Floral Park. It was made in Japanese style, popular after the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. The Park has a unique collection (650 species), irises, widely represented bulbous plants, tulips, ferns.

Bois de Vincennes is now a favorite holiday destination for many Parisians. Its roads are closed to traffic but open to pedestrians and cyclists. Here children ride on ponies. Since 1998 even the forest service actually takes place without heavy machinery: for this purpose, the Ardennes horse breed.