Les Buttes-Chaumont Park

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In context : At the hills of eastern Paris : Belleville and Buttes-Chaumont

(From : Headquarters of the French Communist Party). Take de la Villette boulevard southbound, then turn left into Henri-Turot street to get to Simon Bolivar avenue. Take the latter to the right and head to the park.

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The Parc des Buttes Chaumont is the third largest of its kind in Paris. The park includes several cliffs and bridges, a grotto that encloses a 20-metre-high waterfall, a lake, and several English and Chinese gardens.

The most prominent feature is the belvedere of Sybil, which sits atop a 30-metre rocky peak at the top of an island partially surrounded by a lake. The belvedere, added to the park in 1869, is a Corinthian-style monument, modeled after the ancient Roman Temple of Vesta in Tivoli, Italy. Two bridges allow access to the Island.

The park boasts many varieties of indigenous and exotic trees (many of which are Asian species) : in particular, several cedars of Lebanon planted in 1880, among many others.

The main entrance to the park is at Place Armand-Carrel where the mairie (town hall) of the 19th arrondissement is located. There are five other large gates to the park. It currently hosts three restaurants (Pavillon du Lac, Pavillon Puebla, and Rosa Bonheur), two reception halls, two Guignol theatres, two Waffle Stands.

The park was developed as part of plans for the remodeling of Paris directed by Baron Haussmann. The actual development of the park was carried out by engineer Jean-Charles Alphand. The site of the park was a former gypsum and limestone quarry. After four years of construction, it was opened as part of the festivities of the Universal Exhibition in 1867.

Source : Wikipedia contributors, "Parc des Buttes Chaumont"

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  • Opening hours - Everyday from 7am to 8pm (October to March), 9pm (April and September) or 10pm (May to August)
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