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Parc Monceau: photos, description (Parc Monceau)

The heroes of the famous multi-volume Saga by the French author Philippe eria - the clan of Buscandola lived in a rich mansion in the Parc Monceau. One of the books is called "the Golden grid" - if taken literally, it refers to the grid of the Park.

The mansion described in the novel, there is now, and how amazingly beautiful black and gold wrought-iron gates; and the smell of the Park, wrote Arioch, some roses, fallen leaves; and the Parisians love it just the same.

The beginning of the Park was put in 1778 the Duke of Chartres (later d'orléans), when purchased 12 acres of land commissioned the artist Louis Carmontelle to plan a public Park in the English style. Marmontel knew - the garden needs to impress the visitors. He built many of the so - called whims- Roman colonnade, a farm, a minaret, a Dutch windmill, a temple of Mars, a much reduced copy of an Egyptian pyramid... In the garden among pseudoroid walking camels.

In 1781 the Park was partially reconstructed. At the same time, at the North entrance were built by Claude Nicolas Ledoux round rotunda on the second floor where the Duke was flat.

Nine years later the revolution broke out. The Duke gave up the title, was called as citizen Egalite (Equality) and voted in the Convention for the execution of Louis XVI, his cousin. All this did not help: in 1793 it is also guillotined.

And the Park remains - of course, nationalized. It was here in 1797 fell to Andre-Jacques Garnerin who committed the world's first parachute jump. When he restored the monarchy, the Park was returned to the family of the Duke. During the Second Empire, the family had to sell half the land to developers (it was then a mansion Buscandola). In 1860, what was left, bought in Paris, and a year later Monceau became the first city Park, subjected to transformations of Baron Haussmann. The alleys were widened and asphalted, paved new paths, set up that the gilded bars. During the Third Republic, the Park was graceful monuments - Maupassant, de Musset, Gounod, Pellerano, Chopin, Tom. Park Monet wrote and Cibot, here loved to walk Berlioz and Proust.

Now under the plane trees, lindens, oaks, pines, maples Parisians walk their children, arrange the wedding photo shoot, picnic, jog, feed the ducks and listening to the cries of jays. No camels, but there is a pony, on which children ride. Nine entrances to the Park there is a watchman in the fifth generation, living in the rotunda, in the former apartment of citizen Egalite.