Friday, July 29, 2011

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

History and description
In the beginning, the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont was a former landfill.
Napoleon III wanted to create a gorgeous garden for the Paris World's Fair of 1867. He choose the Buttes-Chaumont which was steep.

Under the reponsability of the Baron Haussman, the Paris park was conceived by the engineer Jean-Charles Alphand with his team (the architect Gabriel Davioud, the horticulturalist Barillet-Deschamps and the engineer Eugène Belgrand). 3 years after the beginning of the construction, the park was inaugurated (on April 1st of 1867) on the Park of the Champs de Mars.

This 24.7ha park is the most mountainous of the green spaces of Paris. With 5 kilometers of walkways, Paris visitors can enjoy the landscape rich of a luxurious vegetation and a large varieties of old trees, as well as a rich wildlife (fishes, birds, moorhens, seagulls...).

The main attraction of the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is the ''Temple de la sybille'' perched on an island (in the middle of a 2 ha lake). It was built by the architect Gabriel Davioud in 1869, inspired by the temple of Tivoli (Rome).

temple de la Sibylle

On the top, you can even see the Basilica of Sacred Heart of Montmartre.

To access the temple, you can take the bridge (with protection barrier on the sides to prevent suicides) at the south part of the park:

bridge Buttes Chaumont

While going by the Avenue des Alouettes, you cand find playgrounds (slides, sandbox, swings).
You can find also some marionette theatres, skating place, poney rides...for children.

In the Paris park, there are restaurants (3) and stands:

restaurant Buttes-Chaumont

It's possible also to rent a boat on the lake.

Location of the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
The Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is located in the XIX arrondissement of Paris, one of its principal entrance is in front of the town hall of this Paris district.
It's a municipal park, which administratively depends on the town hall.
This Paris park is located between the Rue Marin, rue botzaris and rue de Crimée, in the XIX.

How to get to the Paris Park
To go to the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, you can use the Paris metro line:
-Paris metro line 7bis, Botzaris ou Buttes-Chaumont station (best choice)
-Paris metro line 5, Laumière station

-Paris metro line 7bis, Bolivar station

You can also go by bus:
-line 48 and 60: Botzaris or Mairie du XIX station
-line 75 Mairie du XIX station
-line 26 Botzaris-Buttes Chaumont station

Entrance fee and opening hours
It's a free admission park. It's open all year long, at 7am.

Paris Parc des Buttes-Chaumont map

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