La Pyramide du Parc Monceau, Paris

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Parc Monceau is a public park situated in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, France, 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 Folly of the Duke of ChartresThe 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 Duke was a close friend of the Prince of Wales, later George IV, and a lover of all things English. His intention was to create what was then called an Anglo-Chinese or English garden, on the earlier model of Stowe House in England (1730–1738), with its examples of the architectural folly, or fantastic reconstructions of buildings of different ages and continents. It was similar in style to several other examples of the French landscape garden built at about the same time, including the Desert de Retz, the gardens of the Château de Bagatelle and the Folie Saint James.
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  • His visit should be unavoidable during a stay in Paris, whatever the nature! It's a splendid place!
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  • This small pyramid is located in the Parc Monceau. I had passed several times before and as it is located in the Parc Monceau, I had attempted to create a separate establishment, refused by the editors of TRIPADVISOR. I see that in some cases the rules are relaxed.... Perfect. This pyramid amuse the children and was created during the landscaping of the garden called "the wood of the tombs" by the engineer Louis Carrogis in 1773. It is the Duke of Orléans, who paid himself this "folly de Chartres" resort at the time. The layout of this space by Carrogis, also included, an obelisque, a minaret, a Naumachie, etc. some of which still exist today. This madness of the Duke of Orléans became the Parc Monceau under Haussmann in 1860
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  • A beautiful park to enjoy in the 17th district in Paris. A great place to enjoy some urban nature. Great for families since there are some activities for children and also have a small coffee break. A very popular place to run/jog. I love it!
  • A lovely park to run or walk around. I spent some time in the morning running around with locals and then went back with my girlfriend to have a walk. A very friendly atmosphere. A lovely way to finish off our trip to Paris. The men's toilets were broken though which meant men and women had to share.
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